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A Graphic Designer’s Stamp Collection

Mail makes the world go round—and stamps make the mail make the world go round.


Over the years, Steven Heller and other PRINT writers have documented a vast array of stamps from a vast array of sources—legendary designers at home and abroad, contemporary practitioners and art directors (such as the brilliant Antonio Alcalá), and designers whose names are lost to time but whose work remains sublime.


With the USPS under attack, we’re taking a look at the design forces that move the mail—starting with Dana Tanamachi’s new stamp, featuring art direction by Greg Breeding.



Lance Wyman's work for the 1968 Olympics


Lance Wyman's work for the 1968 Olympics

Jason Polan proposed stamp designs by Kelli Anderson

Jason Polan proposed stamp designs by Kelli Anderson

Jason Polan proposed stamp designs by Kelli Anderson

Jason Polan proposed stamp designs by Kelli Anderson

Jason Polan proposed stamp designs by Kelli Anderson


Korea, 1975

1999



Nigeria, 1963


The Heads of State, in collaboration with Antonio Alcalá


The Heads of State, in collaboration with Antonio Alcalá



Gail Anderson, with art direction by Antonio Alcalá


2011, art direction by Derry Noyes


Design by Antonio Alcalá; photography by Cade Martin


Antonio Alcalá


Antonio Alcalá


Circa 1930s



People's Republic of China, 1970s


Milton Glaser, 1993


Max Bill, 1974


Seymour Chwast, 1987


Herbert Bayer


Neville Brody, 1992


Louise Fili, 2013


Michael Doret


Illustration by James McMullan; art direction/design by Ethel Kessler


Illustration by James McMullan; art direction/design by Ethel Kessler


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