Studio A Stamps on Jeopardy!

We’re no Jeopardy Champion like Chuck Forrest, but we would have done well during last night’s game when the question to three of the answers (including the Daily Double) involved our stamps! Thanks to Deborah Eckbreth and Carlos Alcala for the alert!

Jeopardy! Frozen Treats
Frozen Treats Stamp
Jeopardy Total Eclipse of the Sun
Total Eclipse of the Sun
Jeopardy! WPA Posters
WPA Posters Stamp

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue at SAAM

In just over a week, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens two exhibitions presenting artists’ responses to the Vietnam War. We had the pleasure of designing a short booklet that accompanies the smaller show “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue.” It was a true collaborative effort. Thank you Julianna White, Sara Jamshidi, Ricky Altizer, Maribel O. Gray, and Antonio Alcalá.

Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung, Vietnam Past is Prologue

The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Annual Report

The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Annual Report arrived (the first to showcase their new brand)! Inside, it presents the diversity and dynamism of the art and artists featured at the Kennedy Center. It was a pleasure and honor working with their talented staff to produce the report. Here’s to an even more successful 2019!

2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report
2018 Kennedy Center Annual Report

Heart Blossom Stamp Released

It isn’t exactly like being Cupid, but we are excited about being a small part of mailed messages of love this year. Today the LOVE stamp we designed gets issued. Just in time for Valentine’s Day cards! May love blossom with everyone!

Heart Blossom Love Stamp

2018 Textile Museum Journal

A year ago, we helped the Textile Museum relaunch their yearly journal of textile scholarship with a new design. A few weeks ago, we finished this year’s volume and are pleased the system adapted so well to a new collection of articles. We’re already looking forward to next year’s issue! Congratulations Ricky Altizer and Maribel O. Gray! Well done!

Textile Museum Journal Issue 45
Textile Museum Journal Issue 45
Textile Museum Journal Issue 45
Textile Museum Journal Issue 45
Textile Museum Journal Issue 45

100 Faces of War at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida

“100 Faces of War,” organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services, features portraits of Americans who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, by artist Matt Mitchell. Representing a cross section of home states, military branches, jobs, and backgrounds, every portrait includes a candid, first-hand account of war. Studio A helped design this traveling exhibition. Thanks to Marquette Folley, and Teresa Guevara Gionis, and especially Maribel Gray (for these photos).

100 Faces of War
100 Faces of War
100 Faces of War
100 Faces of War
100 Faces of War

Dario Zucchi turns 80

Dario Zucchi’s 80th birthday was celebrated with this collection of his playful photographs. It was a pleasure working with Mr. Zucchi and Eric Denker realize this bilingual commemorative book. Happy birthday Mr. Zucchi!

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Dario Zucchi at 80

Fall Issue of “Women in the Arts” magazine released

The fall issue of “Women in the Arts” magazine is back from the printer. It’s the third issue using our new template and everything is working perfectly. Well done Helen McNiell and Maribel Gray! Be sure to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the Rodarte show opening November 10!

Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine
Fall 2018 NMWA Magazine

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s First Annual Report

Studio A recently had the honor of designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s first annual report. Working with the museum, a decision was made to focus less on the building and celebrity events and more on the visitors and their experiences. Large quotes are rendered in a custom font by Tré Seals of Vocal Type Co. based on the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike”I AM A MAN” signs. Next time you’re in DC, be sure to visit the museum. It’s well worth the trip!

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

2018 NMAAHC Annual Report

Birds in Winter stamp released

Any bird lovers out there? These “Birds in Winter” stamps were just issued. We worked together with illustrator Nadia Taylor to create simplified but accurate renderings of these familiar friends. We hope you like them!

Birds in Winter Stamp

American Stories, American Stamps Exhibition

We’ve partnered with NOVA Community College, Journey Group, and AIGA DC to create American Stories, American Stamps, an exhibition showing how designers reflect our nation’s history and culture through US postage stamps.

American Stories American Stamps

American Stories American Stamps

American Stories American Stamps

American Stories American Stamps

American Stories American Stamps

First Responders Stamp released

First Yoko, now Oprah. How did we get so lucky? This past Saturday Oprah gave a great speech at the unveiling of the “Honoring First Responders” stamp. Ricky Altizer of Studio A came up with the initial sketch and illustrator Brian Stauffer created the final artwork. Speaking to First Responders, Oprah noted: “The stamp is merely a symbol of what the spirit of each of you represents. Each of you represents the best of us. You represent the rising of courage, the rising of honor, the rising of compassion, endurance, survival, and thriving.”

First Responders Stamp

First Responders Stamp

Game Faces book for the Library of Congress

Did you know baseball pitchers were originally known as the “feeder” and their job was to lob the ball at the batter so he could hit it? Neither did we until we designed this book of early baseball cards from the Library of Congress. Available this fall, it makes a nice companion to their exhibit on baseball, Baseball Americana, open until August 2019.

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

Game Faces

USPS releases the John Lennon Stamp

John Lennon. From his time with the Beatles and onward, he was a major influence on many of us here at Studio A. It was an honor for Antonio Alcalá to art direct a US “forever” stamp commemorating his life. We hope Yoko, Julian, Sean, and the rest of his fans like it as much as we do. They are available starting today.

John Lennon Stamp

John Lennon Stamp

 

Communication Arts selects the Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamp for their 2018 Design Annual

Communication Arts just published their 2018 Design Annual! We’re honored the jurors selected the Total Solar Eclipse stamp for inclusion. Juror Rafael Esquer wrote in his summary: “I enjoyed the stamps art directed by Antonio Alcalá. I applaud the United States Postal Service for embracing new technologies.” Woohoo!

Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamp