Video: How Postage Stamps Get Designed

Antonio Alcala is one of the US Postal Service’s four art directors, a job he began in his fifties after a career designing books and museum installations. Learning to design for such a small canvas required a new way of thinking and approaching his craft. Hear what goes into designing a stamp for the U.S. Postal Service, using real examples from his career. Stamps feature artwork by Jessica Hische, Yulia Brodskaya, Gail Anderson, Martín Ramírez, Petra and Nicole Kapitza, Michael Doret, Michael Dyer, Gregory Manchess, R. Gregory Christie, and Ron Spears.

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