Monday, August 10, 2009

So, you want to be a stamp designer?

When the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) accepts a proposed stamp subject, the Stamp Development Design staff is assigned the task of developing the stamp design.

The design staff has professional art directors under contract to oversee the development of stamp designs. Because stamps are one of the most publicly visible forms of art, the art directors in turn work with professional designers, artists, illustrators and photographers. Because extensive historical research is performed on each detail of a design and production procedures are extremely intricate, the Postal Service, the art directors, and others work two to three years in advance of issuance.

The design staff is continually searching for new talent and the Postal Service annually receives more than 500 requests for information on how to become a stamp designer. Approximately 25 stamp designs are assigned each year, and a certain percentage of them are created by artists new to the Postal Service.

Each professional artist must have great discipline and a unique style and talent in order to create art that will ultimately be reduced to the small size of a stamp.

The assignment of each contract is made by the Stamp Development Design staff which supports the recommendations of CSAC and the private sector art directors.

Illustrators, artists, designers, or photographers who wish to be considered for a Postal Service assignment should follow these guidelines:

· Submit samples in print form (tear sheets, color copies, etc.) that best represent your style of work. Neither original art nor slides will be accepted. Samples are not returned and the Postal Service does not acknowledge receipt of samples by letter or phone.
· Do not submit artwork or photographs for consideration as a stamp. Unsolicited stamp designs are returned without review.

All submissions should be made to the following address:

ARLINGTON, VA 22209-6432

When a sample meets the requirements of stamp design and receives approval from the Stamp Development Design staff, it is placed in the talent file. This file is reviewed periodically when new stamp subjects are assigned to the design staff. When the design staff is interested in commissioning a service, it will contact the selected photographer, illustrator, artist, or designer.

(Courtesy, The Postal Advocate)

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