United States Postal Service  /  Raven Story

Antonio worked with Tlingit/Athabascan designer and artist Rico Worl to create this newest “forever” stamp.The design depicts a raven just as he escapes from his human family and begins to transform back into his bird form. To create the stamp art, Worl used formline, the traditional design style of the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast.

The stamp is inspired by the traditional story of the raven setting the sun, moon and stars free. It depicts one of many stories about the raven, a figure of great significance to the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast, part of the area that ranges from Southeast Alaska through coastal British Columbia and south into Washington state.

Among the cultures of the region—which include the Tlingit, the Tsimshian, the Haida, the Kwakwaka’wakw and others—the raven plays an essential role in many traditional tales, including stories about the creation of the world. The different peoples of the northern Northwest Coast each have their own culturally specific versions of the raven story, which often convey customs, ethics and cultural inheritances that help communities preserve or affirm their identities. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Illustration: Rico Worl

  • The Raven Story stamp features a raven in a formline art style in black and white by Rico Worl, a Tlingit/Athabascan artist.

United States Postal Service  /  Message Monsters

USPS just issued what we think is one of our most fun designs: Message Monsters. We collaborated with illustrator Elise Gravel on the these playful creatures, then added our own hand-lettered title. Around the edges are little stickers you can pull-up and use to personalize your creature/stamp and envelope. What do you think? Fun, right? Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Illustration: Elise Gravel

  • The Message Monsters stamp shows four whimsical monsters by Elise Gravel with add-on speech bubbles and accessories.

United States Postal Service  /  Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a festive celebration of one’s ancestors. Adopted from Mexico and Central America it is now observed throughout the United States. We were thrilled to work with Mexican American artist and designer Luis Fitch to create these colorful and beautiful stamps. They feature stylized, decorated calaveras or “sugar skulls” personalized as four family members: a child with a hair bow, a father sporting a hat and mustache, a mother with curled hair and another child. The lit candles flanking each sugar skull are beacons to guide deceased loved ones on their annual return journey to the land of the living. Dotting each stamp are marigolds (cempazuchitles), the most popular Day of the Dead flower. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Illustration: Luis Fitch

  • The Day of the Dead stamps feature designs from Luis Fitch of sugar skulls representing a family decorated with marigolds.

United States Postal Service  /  Hip Hop

The four pillars of Hip Hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and Graffiti are some of the most important art forms developed in the United States in the past fifty years. USPS commemorated Hip Hop’s cultural contributions by issuing these stamps in 2020. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Photography by Cade Martin

  • Representations of the four pillars of Hip Hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and Graffiti are shown on the Hip Hop stamp series.

United States Postal Service  /  Woodstock

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, the stamp combines the iconic dove from the original event with lettering evoking music posters of the late 1960s. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá

  • Lettering evoking music posters of the era is combined with the iconic dove to suggest the Woodstock festival

United States Postal Service  /  Lunar New Year

The 2022 Lunar New Year / Year of the Tiger stamp is the third stamp in the new twelve-year series of stamps commemorating this holiday. Each stamp in the new cycle will feature an imaginative hand-crafted animal mask. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Art: Camille Chew

  • In the third of the lunar new year's series by Camille Chew, we have a representation of the tiger created using paper craft.

United States Postal Service  /  Hearts Blossom

The Hearts Blossom stamp shows twelve colorful hearts with casual script intended to create a personal, happy, and positive message of love. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá

  • The stamp features a cluster of colorful hearts and “love” written by hand

United States Postal Service  /  Holiday Delights

These four stamps celebrate the Christmas season with an ornament, a decorated tree, a stocking, and a reindeer rendered in red and green modern designs. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Art: Kirsten Ulve

  • Celebrating Christmas with modern illustrations of an ornament, a decorated tree, a stocking, and a reindeer in red & green.

United States Postal Service  /  Views of Our Planets

This sheet of stamps present eight images captured from recent space missions. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá.

  • Views of Our Planets stamp uses photographs taken of each planet from exploratory space missions.
  • The Jupiter stamp from the Views of Our Planets stamp sheet highlights the multicolored bands of this gas giant.

United States Postal Service  /  Waves of Color

This set of four high-denomination stamps are the first completely abstract designs issued by the USPS. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designer: Michael Dyer.

  • An abstract design in orange by Michael Dyer on the Five Dollar Waves of Color stamp evokes etching lines from paper currency.

United States Postal Service  /  Emancipation Proclamation

Using a key phrase from the original document, this stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designer: Gail Anderson.

  • A key phrase from the original document is presented in letterpress with typefaces reminiscent of the time.

United States Postal Service  /  Janis Joplin

The fifth design in the “Music Icons” series commemorates Janis Joplin with a psychedelic-era inspired stamp. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Stamp photo: David Gahr, Stamp lettering: Daniel Pelavin, Cover photo: Bruce Steinberg.

  • A photograph of Janis Joplin is colorized in psychedelic colors with lettering evoking the music posters of the era.
  • Stamp sheet mimics a vinyl record case and is decorated with a photo of Janis Joplin performing & lettering evoking the era.

United States Postal Service  /  The Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun

This is the first U.S. stamp issued featuring thermochromic ink. With the warmth of a touch, the dark circle of the eclipse turns clear to reveal the moon. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Stamp photo: Fred Espenak.

  • The Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun Stamp stamp sheet is shown with the view of the eclipse.
  • The Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun stamp sheet is shown with the thermographic ink activated so the moon is revealed.

United States Postal Service  /  Martín Ramírez

Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Martín Ramírez is recognized today as one of the great self-taught artists of the twentieth century. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá.

  • Martín Ramírez stamp sheet shows his art depicting animals, trains, and tunnels with his distinctive line work.
  • This Martín Ramírez stamp shows a deer in his distinctive line work as viewed through a doorway.

United States Postal Service  /  Kaleidoscope Flowers

A flower-like design composed of geometric shapes, these stamps utilize different color palettes, creating a set of four. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designers: Nicole and Petra Kapitza.

  • Kaleidoscope Flowers stamp sheet has four examples of colorful flower-like designs with geometric shapes.

United States Postal Service  /  Harvey Milk

A civil rights activist and one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., Harvey Milk is commemorated in this stamp with a photo by Daniel Nicoletta.

  • The Harvey Milk stamp features a black and white photograph of the politician.

United States Postal Service  /  Love Forever Hearts

Part of the “Love” stamp series, this design plays on the meaning of “Forever” both as a signifier of long-lasting love but also as a representative of the denomination. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Design and lettering: Jessica Hische.

  • Decorative lettering from Jessica Hische on the Forever Love Hearts stamp in two options: white on red and red on white.

Other stamps completed for the United States Postal Service include:

  • 2022
    Music Icons: Pete Seeger / Dan Seeger (Photographer)
  • 2022
    Floral Geometry / SpaethHill (Designer)
  • 2022
    Presorted: Flags on Barns / Stephanie Bower (Illustrator)
  • 2022
    Nonprofit Org: Butterfly Garden Flowers / Rigel Stuhmiller (Illustrator)
  • 2022
    Black Heritage: Edmonia Lewis / Alex Bostic (Illustrator)
  • 2022
    Lunar New Year / Tiger / Camille Chew (Illustrator)
  • 2021
    Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of World War II
  • 2021
    Emilio Sanchez
  • 2021
    Yogi Berra / Charles Chaisson (Illustrator) and Michael Doret (Lettering)
  • 2021
    Sun Science
  • 2021
    Ursula LeGuin / Donato Giancola (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Holiday Delights / Kirsten Ulve (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Kwanzaa / Andrea Pippins (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Earth Day / Ricky Altizer (Typographer)
  • 2020
    Innovation
  • 2020
    Arnold Palmer / James Drake (Photographer)
  • 2020
    Let's Celebrate
  • 2020
    Lunar New Year / Rat / Camille Chew (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Made of Hearts
  • 2019
    Holiday Wreaths / Laura Dowling (Floral Designer) and Kevin Allen (Photographer)
  • 2019
    Winter Berries / Steve Buchanan (Illustrator)
  • 2018
    Music Icons: John Lennon / Peter Fordham (Photographer)
  • 2019
    1969 First Moon Landing
  • 2019
    Post Office Murals
  • 2019
    American Flag
  • 2019
    STEM Education / David Plunkert
  • 2018
    Birds in Winter / Nadia Taylor (Illustrator)
  • 2018
    Honoring First Responders / Brian Stauffer (Illustrator) and Ricky Altizer (Designer)
  • 2018
    Frozen Treats / Margaret Berg (Illustrator) and Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2018
    Illinois Statehood / Michael Konetzka (Designer)
  • 2017
    The Snowy Day / Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator)
  • 2017
    Celebrating African American History and Culture
  • 2017
    Delicioso / John Parra (Illustrator)
  • 2017
    WPA Posters / Maribel O. Gray, M.D. (Designer)
  • 2017
    Uncle Sam
  • 2016
    Patriotic Spirals / Polygraph (Designer)
  • 2016
    Star Trek / Heads of State (Designer)
  • 2016
    Pluto Explored!
  • 2016
    Henry James / Kate Sammons (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    Repeal of the Stamp Act / Greg Harlin (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    Pickup Trucks / Chris Lyons (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    USA Nonprofit / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2016
    World Stamp Show NY 2016 / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2016
    Quilled Paper Heart (Love) / Yulia Brodskaya
  • 2015
    Charlie Brown Christmas / Charles Schulz (Illustrator)
  • 2015
    World Stamp Show NY 2016 / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2015
    Geometric Snowflakes / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2015
    Music Icons: Elvis Presley / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2015
    Medal of Honor: Vietnam War / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2015
    Summer Harvest / Michael Doret
  • 2015
    Patriotic Waves / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2014
    Wilt Chamberlain / Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
  • 2014
    Medal of Honor: Korean War / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2014
    Cut Paper Heart (Love) / Q. Cassetti (Illustrator)
  • 2014
    Nevada Statehood / Ron Spears (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Medal of Honor: World War II / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2013
    Kwanzaa / R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Inverted Jenny / Steven Noble (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    March on Washington / Gregory Manchess (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Music Icons: Lydia Mendoza / Neal Ashby and Patrick Donohue (Designer)
  • 2013
    Vintage Seed Packets
  • 2012
    Lady Bird Johnson
  • 2012
    José Ferrer / Daniel Adel (Illustrator)