The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Day 3 of a 4-day, 24/7 press inspection requiring two designers in shifts supervising the job. So far it looks good! Here’s the requisite photo of a sheet fresh off the press. More photos when the book is done and the exhibition opens October 15th!

The Art of the Qur'an

Small Talk

Thank you to the “Society of Printers” in Boston for inviting Antonio to speak at the “Club of Odd Volumes.” It was a great evening making new friends and meeting old acquaintances!

Small Talk

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Original Star Trek TV Series

Nice to know Aaron Gilchrist, morning anchor at NBC Channel 4 news, likes the new designs. We worked with Heads of S=tate in Philadelphia to create this set of four stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV Series. On sale now!

Take a look at: Star Trek Gets Forever Stamps Ahead of 50th Anniversary

Star Trek Stamp Unveiling copyright Maribel O. Gray

Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

We had the great privilege and honor to design this catalogue for the exhibition “Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten” that recently opened at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

Harlem Heroes Carl Van Vechten

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Patriotic Spirals Stamp

Next time the postal clerk wants to slip you a booklet of flag stamps, be sure to ask for the Patriotic Spirals instead. Stick these on your next letter and you’ll be sharing the beautiful work of the talented designers Lindsay Mannix, Gavin Wade, and Jason Mannix from Polygraph. Art direction by Antonio. (Polygraphcreative.com)

Patriotic Spirals Stamp

Now + Next—the Smithsonian’s 2015 Annual Report

Once again we had the pleasure of working with the Smithsonian Office of Advancement and Marcela Luna on the Smithsonian’s Annual Report. Highlighting activity from 2015 and plans for the future, “Now+Next” features foldouts, short summaries, and great photography. Go Smithsonian!

Now+Next Smithsonian 2015 Annual Report
Now+Next Smithsonian 2015 Annual Report
Now+Next Smithsonian 2015 Annual Report
Now+Next Smithsonian 2015 Annual Report
Now+Next Smithsonian 2015 Annual Report

The Daily Heller on Views of the Planets and Pluto Explored!

Thank you Steven Heller for today’s “Daily Heller” post about our Planet and Pluto stamp designs! http://ow.ly/JlWb301yWVQ

Views of the Planets and Pluto Explored! in the Daily Heller

Pluto Explored! Stamp in the New York Times

It’s always good when your work gets a credit in the New York Times: http://ow.ly/EJGF300Pw0m

Pluto Explored! Stamp

World Stamp Expo in NYC

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.

World Stamp Expo NYC Stamps

World Stamp Expo NYC Stamps

Views of Our Planets Stamp

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.”

Views of Our Planets Stamp

Quran Exhibition at the Freer-Sackler Gallery

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.

Quran

New “Love” stamps released featuring the work of quilling artist, Yulia Brodskaya

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

2016 Quilling Love Stamp by Yulia Brodskaya

Forever Hearts Stamp in the Communication Arts Typography Annual

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!

Forever Hearts Stamp featured in the Communication Arts Typography Annual

China Through the Lens of John Thomson at the GWU Textile Museum

If you’re in DC, there’s an exhibition of 19th century photographs of China paired with displays of period Chinese textiles at the Textile Museum/George Washington University Museum. It’s an interesting show, including an unnerving display of shoes for a woman who practiced ritual foot-binding. Studio A worked with the museum on the exhibition graphics and guide.

China Through the Lens of John Thomson
China Through the Lens of John Thomson
China Through the Lens of John Thomson
China Through the Lens of John Thomson
China Through the Lens of John Thomson

China Through the Lens of John Thomson

Geometric Snowflakes Stamp Released

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!

Geometric Snowflakes Stamp, USPS