I notice when overlaying the different patterns, the symmetry connecting the series is accentuated.
Stefan Kanchev's graphics for this series remind me a little of Alexander Girard's "Tree of Life" and his work for the restaurant La Fonda del Sol.
Peeps Springtime in Brooklyn
“Shot in Helsinki, this short film tells the story of the collaboration between Converse and Finnish textile icon Marimekko. The cinematic portrait celebrates the timeless spirit that both brands are born out of and unveils the story behind the women's focused Converse x Marimekko Spring 2011 collection. The film's soundtrack features tracks by Finnish music artists Husky Rescue and Uusi Fantasia.” —Converse on YouTube
For those with a more colorful fashion sensibility than myself, some of the designs are available for order through the Converse website. Though it looks like more unique, iconic Marimekko patterns didn’t make the cut to grace a Converse shoe this time.
(first found out about the Converse x Marimekko collaboration via Cool Hunting)
Birdhouse for Things that Have Gone Away.
Eleven Things to Do.
A Forest for Two.
Many of the little books involve intricately cut paper. “Elsita” has an Etsy shop filled with more beautiful work.
“According to Chinese lunar calendar, 2011 is Xin-Mao Year, or the Year of the Rabbit. In real life, rabbit is a favorite of people because its tamed, lively, and lovely nature. In traditional Chinese culture, while the three-legged crow represents the sun, rabbit is synonymous with the moon...” —China National Philatelic Corporation, back of F.D.C. envelope
China’s 2011 Xin-Mao / Year of the Rabbit stamp was designed by Wu Guanying. The piece of artwork used on the F.D.C envelope is by Wang Jiancheng.
Meng Jie designed the cancellation mark.
While numerous contries opted for youthful, cute bunny stamp designs, I think the designs issued by Canada stand out for its sophistication and special printing effects. The final stamp designs were a highly collaborative effort between illustrator Tracy Walker and Canadian stamp designer Paul Haslip with HM & E Design. The illustrations on the international variation above was inspired by tradional Chinese embroidery.
The Year of the Rabbit stamp designs from Japan this year are reminiscent of the 1963 Year of the Rabbit stamp.
South Korea also put a cute white bunny on their 2011 Year of the Rabbit stamp.
Below is Taiwan’s more painterly approach with good use of the color yellow.
The U.S.A. opted for kumquats as the focal point of their Lunar New Year 2011 stamp design issue.
An excerpt from the back of the souvenir stamp sheet above reads:
“Kumquats, such as those depicted in stamp art, are given as gifts and eaten for luck at this time of renewed hope for the future. The stamp design incorporates elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps, including an intricate paper-cut design of a rabbit and the Chinese character—drawn in grass-style calligraphy—for “Rabbit.”” —United States Postal Service
Todo Amor es Poderoso / Every love is Powerful
Tu cuerpo es el lenguaje / Your body is the language
Inhalar-Exhalar / To inhale-To exhale
(found via The Jealous Curator via Pattern Pulp)
American graphic designer Lance Wyman designed the logotype and wayfinding graphics for the 1968 Olympic Games held in Mexico City. Following the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968, Lance Wyman was called on to portray the image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the first commemorative postage stamp issued by Mexico. Other sources indicate that Ras A Khaima (United Arab Emirates) was the first in the world to issue a postage stamp to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A sad note back home during this period was the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I had the honor of designing the first commemorative stamp in the world issued by Mexico.”
It struck me as a little unusual that the USPS did not issue the first stamp, meanwhile numerous international countries issued their own designs. In early 1979, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Stamp was issued in the United States. With the exception of presidents, there is a ten year rule that restricts memorial stamps from being made. So, while the rest of the world rushed to honor MLK in postage stamp form, the U.S. held to their postal regulations for stamp designs, which in turn caused a delay in the production of the U.S. commemorative stamp.
(view images larger via flickr)
The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA) held the exhibition “You Are Here: Works by the legendary American graphic designer Lance Wyman” from May 1st through June 9th, 2012. I'm disappointed I didn’t see the exhibit, but hope it will eventually travel to many cities. The BBC has a slideshow highlighting designs from the show, with a focus on Lance Wyman’s Mexico 1968 Olympic designs.
A departure from Mucca Design’s usual sophistication and elegance, Matteo Bologna explains the concept behind the calligraphic pictorial rainbow name art used for the ‘call for entries’ and the upcoming Typography 32 book design.
We’re using something that most designers consider low typography in a context that celebrates high typography... —Matteo BolognaThe final deadline for submissions to competitions represented in the next TDC Annual and exhibition is January 13th, 2011. There are three distinct and prestigious competitions: TDC 57 (Communication Design), TDC2 (Typeface Design), and TDC Intro (Movie Title Design). Each discipline has a carefully selected panel of talented judges.
In addition to the broad range of disciplines covered for TDC 57, this year there is a new category added for Experimental/Unpublished work. TDC 57 is chaired by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. The judges include Art Chantry, Arem Duplessis, Fons Hickmann, Mario Hugo, Jason Kernevich from Heads of State, Post Typography, and Angela Voulangas.
James Montalbano from Terminal Design is the chair for TDC2 2011. The judges for the Type Directors Club competition for masters of typeface design include Jos Buivenga from exljbris Font Foundry, Jessica Hische, Steve Matteson from Ascender Corporation, and Charles Nix.
TDC Intro which focuses on exemplary typographic work in the area of movie titles, commercials, and corporate video, is only in its second year. Jakob Trollbäck, is the competition chair (as he was for TDC Intro 010). The lineup of judges include Randy Balsmeyer from Big Film, Timmy Fisher by MK12, Karin Fong from Imaginary Forces.
Like its predecessors, the next TDC Annual (#32) will be the ultimate compendium of the most innovative, most outrageous, and most groundbreaking examples of how we express our global culture through letter-forms. For this year’s competition, the TDC has decided to award its first “Best in Show”, (a bit like electing a King – or Queen – of Typography)
Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (c. 2009)
Remy and Linguini from Ratatouille (c. 2007)
Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (c. 2006 / 2011)
Buzz Lightyear and two green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (c. 1995 / 1999 / 2010)
“The Send a Hello stamps, which go on sale Aug. 19, are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic...” —USPS
I’m disappointed to see no representation from Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, or The Incredibles, but personally don’t mind the omission of A Bug’s Life. There will always be a difference of opinion for which Pixar film is the best, and I’m torn with no decisive favorite.
Was the fear of further decline for snail mail in future years the impetus for the USPS to greatly increase their Forever Stamp program? It is great to have far more options than the always in supply Liberty Bell stamp. A press release about the 2011 Stamp Program reads: “Since the first Forever Stamp, featuring the Liberty Bell, was issued in April 2007, 28 billion Forever Stamps have been sold, resulting in $12.1 billion in total revenue. Now that the Postal Service offers coils, booklets and Holiday Forever Stamps, almost 85 percent of its stamp program is Forever.”
The 12 industrial design ‘pioneers’ are: Frederick Hurten Rhead, Walter Dorwin Teague, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, Donald Deskey, Gilbert Rohde, Greta von Nessen, Russel Wright, Henry Dreyfuss, Peter Müller-Munk, Dave Chapman, and Eliot Noyes. It is nice that they managed to fit in atleast one female designer in the group. Though only one woman out of twelve is a little disappointing, it is not at all surprising. In addition to the select group of twelve, Robert Heller’s “Airflow” fan designed in the 1930s is featured on the left-hand side of the souvenir sheet.
Ranging from Walter Dorwin Teague’s design for the 1934 “Baby Brownie” to Henry Dreyfuss’ desk telephone to a clock designed by Gilbert Rohde to Frederick Hurten Rhead’s 1936 Fiesta line of ceramic tableware, the selection of designs and designers is a carefully curated group filled with few obvious selections. I always enjoy when I'm prompted to research a designer that I should have known a little more about.
Thank you again to Art Director Derry Noyes for bringing modern design to the USPS. Among Derry Noyes’ contributions are the Charles + Ray Eames stamps from 2008 and the Masterworks of Modern Architecture stamp pane from 2005.
Below is an interesting excerpt from the USPS press release for the new ‘Pioneers of American Industrial Design’ stamps:
“...Industrial design is the study and creation of products whose appearance, function, and construction have been optimized for human use. It emerged as a profession in the U.S. in the 1920s but really took hold during the Depression. Faced with decreasing sales, manufacturers turned to industrial designers to give their products a modern look that would appeal to consumers. Characterized by horizontal lines and rounded, wind-resistant shapes, the new, streamlined looks differed completely from the decorative extravagance of the 1920s. They evoked a sense of speed and efficiency and projected the image of progress and affluence the public desired...”I can’t help but wonder if Jessica Helfand’s position on the Postmaster General's Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee played a role in approval of this upcoming design-centric stamp set. Another reason I am interested the upcoming stamps is that the “pane’s verso includes a brief introduction to the history and importance of American industrial design, as well as text that identifies each object and briefly tells something about each designer.” Perhaps the best perk is that these stamps will be part of the Forever Stamp Program—I’ll want to stock up on these once they are available.
Updated June 30th, 2011:
Sheets of the “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” (Forever) stamps should now available to purchase at your local USPS Post Office. If standing in line at the post office is painful, the pane of 12 stamp designs can be ordered online at The Postal Store. This was my first time making a trip to the post office only to buy specific postage stamps (fortunately the line was very short). I bought enough stamps to hopefully cover my snail mail for the next couple of years. I'll make another trip solely to buy stamps in mid-August when the Pixar “Send a Hello” USPS (Forever) stamps are released.
To learn more about the individual designers selected as the 12 “Pioneers of American Industrial Design,” there is a pdf for additional reading. Also, the backside of the physical souvenir sheet of “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” postage stamps includes very brief descriptions of the designers and their one chosen icon of industrial design.
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