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Graphic Stamps: The Miniature Beauty of Postage Stamps


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“Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.” —WB Yeats

Postage stamps are the forgotten gems of graphic design. This is odd when the high levels of aesthetic and technical qualities required to produce graphics for a tiny scrap of paper with perforated edges are considered.

In this volume, the first in Unit Edition's Archive Series, readers are invited to pore over the design of these miniature graphic treasures and consider them as both historic documents and graphic inspiration. Sourced from the collections of stamp design experts Iain Follett and Blair Thomson, Graphic Stamps celebrates the brilliance of postage stamp design from around the world.

Includes the essay, “Stamps: a design problem distilled” by Mark Sinclair and interviews with Blair Thomson and Iain Follett.

Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy

Design: Tony Brook, Rachel Dalton, Callin Mackintosh, Jonathan Nielsen

Published by Unit Editions, 2016

328 pages, 4-color litho print, 6.5 x 9.125 inches

ISBN 978-0-9932316-4-3