Delicioso Stamps awarded silver prize by Graphis

Graphis recently awarded their silver prize to the “¡Delicioso!”postage stamps we designed. The art is by the talented John Parra with lettering by Antonio Alcalá. Muy bien! See the Graphis Competitions Design Annual 2019

Delicioso Stamp

National Museum of Women in the Arts Magazine Refresh

We recently completed a refresh of the National Museum of Women in the Arts members magazine to better reflect their new institutional brand. We’re proud of our eleven-year partnership with NMWA, and excited about the new direction. Kudos to Helen McNiell who led the effort with an assist from Ricky Altizer, Antonio Alcalá, and Maribel Gray. Here are samples from the first two issues after the refresh.

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

NMWA Magazine Refresh

Smithsonian Institution Annual Report 2017

Our design for the 2017 Smithsonian Annual Report plays off the successful Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Hirshhorn, and includes both a random pattern of clear spot varnish (pun intended) in the editorial section, and sheet of special dot stickers for the reader. It’s a pleasure working with such a great institution.

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

2017 Smithsonian Institution Annual Report

Frozen Treats Stamp featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

It’s not everyday our design work is mentioned on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, but it happened Wednesday. Just in time for the start of summer, he announced the release of our popsicle stamp designs. Bonus: they’re scratch-and-sniff (watermelon anyone?). Shout out to the illustrator Magrike Berg and designer Leslie Badani (formerly of Studio A—We miss her)!

Frozen Treats Stamp

STEM stamps

Two weeks ago, STEM stamps featuring artwork by the enormously talented Dave Plunkert went on sale. His collages help communicate the variety of avenues each discipline can represent while creating an appealing image that looks to the future. An added bonus: he’s a dream to work with. Here’s to hoping we can add an ARTS stamp to the set! Congratulations Dave!

STEM Stamp

The Illinois Statehood Stamp

Early last week, the new Illinois Statehood stamp was issued. It was a pleasure working with talented Chicago designer Mike Konetzka on the design. It’s a radical departure from recent statehood stamps, relying more on metaphoric and symbolic imagery than on straight representation. We love it and hope all our friends (especially in Illinois) buy a sheet!

Illinois Statehood Stamp

The Kennedy Center’s Annual Report

One of the most vibrant arts organizations in our area is The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Studio A was thrilled to be invited to design their latest annual report. It not only documents a year’s worth of programming, but presents a compelling argument for how support of the arts benefits our entire nation. Thank you Kennedy Center!

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

2017 Kennedy Center Annual Report

Star Trek Stamp featured in the American Illustrators 36th Annual

Yesterday we received a copy of the American Illustrators 36th Annual and we’re so pleased with the way our Star Trek stamps are displayed. Congratulations to Heads of State who worked tirelessly with us to make these happen.

Star Trek Stamp in American Illustrators 36

Star Trek Stamp in American Illustrators 36

The Snowy Day Stamp featured in the Huffington Post

A nice piece by Andrea Davis Pinkney in yesterday’s HuffPost: “A Black Kid In A Hoodie Brings Tidings Of Comfort And Joy.” Thanks for the mention!

The Snowy Day Stamp

Release of our stamp celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Our stamp design celebrating African American History and Culture was issued today in a ceremony at the new Smithsonian museum. Both Lonnie Bunch, the museum director, and Smithsonian Regent Chair David Rubenstein spoke eloquently about how important it is for people to visit NMAHHC and learn about America. As Americans, it’s our history and culture!

Celebrate African American History and Culture Stamp

Celebrate African American History and Culture Stamp

Quilled Paper Hearts Stamp featured in Graphis!

The 2018 Graphis Annual is out and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Not only was the Love stamp design we created with Yulia Brodskaya recognized, but Graphis put it on the cover! Thanks Graphis for the love stamp love!

Quilled Love on Graphis

The Snowy Day Stamp featured in the Washington Post

Art, literature, and design can provide quiet yet important messages in these days of discord. Thank you Washington Post for recognizing our efforts and those of the USPS: How the snowy-day on a postage stamp can help us rethink race in america.

The Snowy Day Stamp

AIGA’s Eye on Design spotlights the Solar Eclipse stamp

Umm…In case you haven’t read enough eclipse related articles, here’s one from AIGA’s Eye on Design:
Celebrate the solar eclipse with thermochromic ink stamps.

Eclipse Postcard
Eclipse Postcard

Objects of Devotion

We were fortunate to work with Smithsonian Books on this volume—a companion to the first religion-oriented exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (opening in July 2017). “Objects of Devotion” looks at the role of religion in the U.S. until the mid-1800s through artifacts, people, and locations. Thanks to Laura Harger, Peter Manseau, and our own Ricky Altizer!

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Objects of Devotion

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

We had the pleasure of working with Monika Hischbichler and curator Camille Brewer from the Textile Museum on the exhibition “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.” It’s on display until July 24 and features some fabulous creations. Thanks to Dian Holton for her support!

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair