Holiday Delights stamps released

Hooray! Our “Holiday Delights” stamps came in the mail today. This was a wonderful, easy, and fun collaboration with the talented and gracious illustrator Kirsten Ulve. We’ll be using these on our holiday cards this year. Will you?

Holiday Delights Stamp: Bear and Ornament

Holiday Delights Stamp: Tree and Reindeer

Stamp designs now on Instagram!

For our blog friends interested in our stamp designs, we recently started posting some of them on the Instagram account: @antoniostudioa. We also post examples of other interesting stamps and “cinderellas” or poster stamps worth seeing (we think). Check it out, and follow us to see more

Studio A stamps now on Instagram @antoniostudioa

Innovation stamps released

First, thank you to everyone who is supporting the USPS (especially those buying stamps)!

Last week, our latest stamp designs were issued celebrating American Innovation. Photographs representing Computing, Biomedicine, Genome Sequencing, Robotics, and Solar Technology are featured with a typographic composition spelling “Innovation” stamped in silver foil on top. They’re perfect to use when mailing in your next patent application!

Innovation stamps

Steven Heller and Print Magazine on stamp design

The USPS seems to be front-page news these days. Mostly, the headlines are for reasons other than their stamp designs. Leave it to Steven Heller and Print Magazine to shine a little light on our work today:https://www.printmag.com/post/a-graphic-designer-s-stamp-collection?fbclid=IwAR39Rrfc5W_z8emIoJlADi5JttZqhXocPSVXDA6_4P1FBXLiaffcbexaHfk. Thank you!

Rest in peace Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser, June 26,1929—June 26, 2020

Modified image of Dylan Poster for the death of Milton Glaser

Steven Heller interviews Antonio Alcala about the Hip Hop stamp release

Print Magazine, and Steven Heller, did a little Q&A with Antonio Alcala about the soon-to-be-issued Hip Hop stamps. So proud of US Postal Service for issuing these. Check it out: https://www.printmag.com/post/hip-hop-forever-first-class

hip hop stamps—mc and dj

hip hop stamps—graffiti and bboy

Cade Martin reaches out to discuss how creatives are weathering the pandemic

The photographer Cade Martin reached out to many of the creative people he’s worked with over the years to find out how they’re doing during this pandemic-clouded time. Antonio was one of his featured profiles, and you can check it out here. We hope you are safe and well!

Antonio Alcala

2019 Print Magazine Regional Design Annual

Many months ago, Antonio Alcala was honored to serve as a judge for Print Magazine’s 2019 Regional Design Annual. Unfortunately, just after the judging was completed the company that owned Print went bankrupt and winners went unrecognized. But new owners have come to the rescue and just announced the winners! Congratulations to all the designers and their colleagues creating this inspiring work.

Use this link below to learn a little about the judges and see the winning designs.

Earth Day stamp

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when millions of people collectively called for better treatment of our planet. Today, USPS issued an Earth Day stamp we designed to commemorate this milestone. The need to work together to help preserve and improve our environment is greater than ever. Celebrate on April 22nd by doing something to help. Plant a tree. Reuse/Recycle. Write a letter to an elected official or business leader to let them know what they can do to help. And have a Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day stamp

Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Paul and Bunny Mellon’s Visual Biographies

On February 23rd, Helen and Antonio arrived in Verona, Italy just as 12 towns nearby were placed on lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They were there to do a press inspection for this book about Paul and Bunny Mellon’s close connection to trompe l’oeil paintings–especially those at their home in Upperville, Virginia. Our travelers returned safely and now the first sample bound books have arrived. We’re grateful for the support given by Oak Spring Garden Foundation for this project, and hope you like the book.

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

Paul and Bunny Mellon's Visual Biographies

USPS releases the Celebrate stamp!

Celebrate! If you know someone who is having a birthday, or a wedding, or got that new record deal, or published their first book, or even just made it through a tough week, it’s time to celebrate! Consider sending them a note using the new “celebrate” stamp we designed. I know it will make them happy!

USPS releases the Made of Hearts love stamp

The world can always use a little more love. Tomorrow, the latest in the USPS Love Stamp series will be issued. We hope our design, made with dozens of hearts, encourages people to build many loving relationships in their lives. Family, friends, partners, pets, and even strangers. Thanks to Ricky Altizer for helping creating the final artwork! Love ya!

Made of Hearts Stamp

Woodstock stamp recognized for excellence in the Communication Arts Typography Annual

What a great way to start the new year! Our lettering for the postage stamp commemorating Woodstock was recognized for excellence and included in the new Communication Arts Typography Annual (January/February issue). Thanks to USPS for supporting our design and to Ricky Altizer for help with the final artwork.

Communication Arts Typography Annual 10

Woodstock Stamp in Communication Arts Typography Annual 10

African Apparel exhibition catalogue with Scala Publishers

“African Apparel” is a new exhibition catalogue we designed with Scala Publishers and The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins in Florida. Special thanks to Ricky Altizer for a job well done!

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

African Apparel

Holiday Wreaths stamp released by the USPS

We love working in charming, colonial-era, Old Town, Alexandria. During the holidays, many doors are decorated with wreaths in a variety of styles. Inspired by their beauty, we worked with local floral artist Laura Dowling to create a set of stamps featuring wreaths (and local doors). Issued last week, they’re available now.

Holiday Wreaths