The best thing about being at the World Stamp Expo in NYC, is looking for great examples of graphic design: Venezuela celebrating the 204th birthday of the Chilean independence fighter with an Irish last name surrounded by Arp-like art, a beauty from Austria published just last year, a stamp by Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist to commemorate the sense of taste (And yes, if you’re going to use it, you have to lick it), and a stamp titled for some odd reason “Youth Trends” from the Netherlands.
USPS released images of another sheet of stamps we designed that will be issued later this spring. Here’s what they wrote about these stamps:
“With this pane of 16 Forever stamps, the Postal Service showcases some of the more visually compelling full-disk images of the planets obtained during this era. Eight new colorful Forever stamps, each shown twice, feature Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Some show the planets’ “true color”—what we might see if traveling through space. Others use colors to represent and visualize certain features of a planet based in imaging data. Still others use the near-infrared spectrum to show things that cannot be seen by the human eye invisible light.”
We’re excited about starting a new museum project. The content is always so interesting, and we love learning new information. And a bonus: this one comes with incredibly beautiful images! Look for more information this fall.
By our count, there are only 17 more days until Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect time to order a sheet of the new “Love” stamps we created with the incomparable artist of quilled paper Yulia Brodskaya. You can order them here: http://ow.ly/Xzvb8
It’s a treat when something good comes in the mail—especially on a Monday. Today brought the new Communication Arts Typographic Annual. There on page 163 are both versions of our “Love” stamp from last year. Congratulations to collaborator Jessica Hische and another shout out to our friend Carolyn Sewell whose work is featured on page 118!
The new snowflake stamps we designed are on sale! They’re having a First Day of Issue ceremony in Manhattan today, with Leslie Badani on hand to sign souvenir programs! Maybe you’ll see these on a holiday card this winter. We hope so!
Thanks to Communication Arts for this little piece on the Summer Harvest stamps! It was great working with artist Michael Doret to pull this set together. The project was definitely a lesson in patience! Read the article here: http://www.commarts.com/exhibit/summer-harvest-postage.html
Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Even “A Charlie Brown Christmas?” These stamps were announced earlier this week and will be on sale starting October 1. In designing these, we used artwork from the original television special, which aired first 50 years ago and has been broadcast every year since! We thought it might be our first opportunity to appropriately use Comic Sans, but ultimately we used a special font created from Charles Schulz’s original lettering. We can’t wait to start sending our holiday cards! Let us know if you want to be added to the mailing list.
How about using stamps to promote a stamp show? Michael Dyer designed these red and blue “Forever” stamps with art direction by Antonio Alcalå. First issued last week, their design was inspired by 1865 oversized newspaper stamps like this five cents example featuring George Washington. The World Stamp Show will be in NYC next May 28-June 4, with lots of graphic design on display. Maybe we’ll see you there!
It’s “Elvis Week” at Graceland in Memphis, TN. What better way to celebrate than the release of a new Elvis stamp? This beauty, designed at Studio A by Leslie Badani with art direction by Antonio Alcalá, was unveiled yesterday by Priscilla Presley at Graceland. Special thanks to Richard Friend, Leah Alcalá, and all the other Elvis fans around the world.
Uppercase magazine (“for the creative and curious”) published several articles on the art of stamps in their July–September issue. We’re pleased to see projects we did with Jessica Hische and Gail Anderson featured! It’s a fun magazine published, edited, and designed by a single person! Check it out at uppercasemagazine.com. Thanks for the tip Pat Taylor!
We recently completed the Smithsonian’s Annual Report, working with a great group from ”The Castle” including Bill Tabor, Lynn Gutter, Marcela Luna, and Denise Arnot. We’ve had the honor of helping with this important document for the past three years, gathering insights about the institution and many educational efforts. Maybe we’ll get lucky and be asked again next year!
A little piece by Steven Heller for the Atlantic cites our recently designed Summer Harvest stamps. Can design entice you to use stamps? http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/07/usps-stamp-design-summer-harvest/398657/
Summer harvests. Yum! These stamps will have their First Day of Issue ceremony in Sacramento, CA this Saturday, July 11. The designs suggest old can or crate labels. The art is by Michael Doret with art direction by Antonio Alcalá.