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

USPS Announces the Hip Hop Stamp for 2020

Today, USPS announced several stamps to be issued in 2020. We’re extremely excited about this group commemorating Hip Hop’s contributions to our culture. It is arguably the most important US cultural export of the last 50 years. MC-ing (Rap), DJ-ing, B-Boying (sometimes called breakdancing), and Graffiti Art. We were fortunate to work with the talented Cade Martin on the photography and proud to have designed these stamps. We hope you like them and will look for their release next year.

Hip Hop Stamp—DJ and MC

Hip Hop Stamp—BBoy and Graffiti

Winter Berries stamp

Art directing postage stamps can be an exercise in patience. Six years ago, with help and encouragement from Helen McNiell and Carol Beehler in our office, we started working on a set of stamps featuring plants that produce berries during the winter. Steve Buchanan created the art, and Leslie Badani worked on the booklet cover. A real group effort! Yesterday, the stamps were issued and available for purchase. A long and overdue thank you everyone who helped make the Winterberry stamps!

Winterberry Stamp

50th Anniversary of Woodstock

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music.” A half-million people attended the festival. Do you know someone who was there? For the rest of us, it’s a legendary event where music, cooperation, and peaceful celebration unfolded capturing the popular imagination. In designing a stamp to commemorate the event, we combined the iconic dove of the original festival with custom lettering evoking concert posters of the era. Wishing you Peace and Music!

Woodstock Music Forever

The Art of Stamp Design on Art Matters with Antonio Alcalá

We’ve jumped the pond! ArtUK podcast “Art Matters” broadcast an episode on the art of stamp design. Host Ferren Gipson interviews Paul Skinner of the British Library and our own Antonio Alcala (he starts at the 6-minute mark). Take a listen for the philatelic fundamentals. Photo Credit: Stamps, Lisa Milroy (b.1959),British Council Collection

Art UK

Destination Moon Exhibition for SITES

Along with designing stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we also had the good fortune to collaborate with Catalone Design Co. in creating the traveling exhibition “Destination Moon” for the Smithsonian. Including the Apollo 11 command module Columbia that returned the astronauts to the earth, the exhibit chronicles the technology, people, and historical events that made the amazing feat possible. The exhibition is currently on display in Seattle and will travel to Cincinnati afterwards.

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Destination Moon

1969 Moon Landing Stamp

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of astronauts first landing on the moon. We’re proud of our contribution helping commemorate this historic event with the design of two postage stamps: One shows Neil Armstrong’s famous photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon, and the other stamp marks the location on the moon where the Apollo Lunar Module touched down. May these stamps land in your mailbox soon!

1969 Moon Landing

Judy Chicago: New Views

We just received our advance copy of “Judy Chicago: New Views”— her first major monograph in nearly twenty years. We’re so pleased with how it turned out, and grateful we were asked to design this important examination of Chicago’s work. Well done Helen McNiell!

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

Judy Chicago: New Views

2019 Flag Stamp Released by the USPS

Sometimes the story behind a stamp’s creation never gets told. Not this time. Three years ago, Antonio traveled to Chicago for a milestone birthday celebration for his first design instructor, mentor, and friend Philip Burton. During the visit, on a walk down the famous Chicago Pier, Antonio took flag photos, thinking perhaps one might be suitable for a stamp. Today, the 2019 US Flag Stamp has been issued and features one of those photos. Every time mail goes out from Studio A now, it’s a happy reminder of that special visit.

Flags on the Chicago Pier by Antonio Alcala

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

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report named 2019 HOW International Design Award winner

Thank you to HOW Design for recognizing our design for the 2017 Smithsonian’s Annual Report among their 2019 International Design Winners. Thank you also to, Laura Hambleton, Elizabeth McNeely, Marcela Luna, Denise Arnot and the rest of our partners at the Smithsonian.

2018 Smithsonian Annual Report, HOW 2019 International Design Winner

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