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  • seandodson 4:37 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blur, clash, , , led zeppelin, mike oldfield, , , , pink floyd, primal scream, record sleeves, rolling stones, stamps   

    Classic album cover designs as postage stamps 

    Album Art - Block new Just love these classic album covers set out as a set of postage stamps. Particularly delighted at the inclusion of New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies which was designed by the great Peter Saville. Inevitably there’s some great covers missing. At least two odd choices too: the inclusion of both Pink Floyd’s the Division Bell and Led Zeppelin IV (top left and bottom centre respectively). To my mind, neither sleeve is a classic while Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin would seem much better choices. It’s still a nice set, mind. Sure to be as successful as last year’s British Design Classics when it’s released in early January.

    According to the Royal Mail:

    This issue celebrates the work of the album sleeve designer, not the music. Royal Mail began with very extensive research of existing lists and polls of โ€˜Greatest Album Coversโ€™ in books, music press and the web. This trawl of literally thousands of albums uncovered many that were common to most lists.

    The editors of three of the UKโ€™s most influential music publications together with a number of graphic designers and design writers were asked to independently list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists.

    Royal Mail reviewed all the research to assemble a shortlist of albums that spanned the decades from the 1960s. Some albums could not be included for operational reasons (for instance, designs that were too dark), after final deliberation the ten albums were arrived at.

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    • ian - Norvic 10:12 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link to our site. We have now added a page where people can buy the stamps and all the other products which may not be available in local POs.

      Dark Side of the Moon has been cited on many blogs and websites, but sadly its appeal is its problem – it would be too dark to show a postmark, which is probably why it was not chosen.

    • Rob 4:40 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The Division Bell artwork is much more aesthetically pleasing than The Dark Side of the Moon artwork in my honest opinion, and considering it too was designed by Storm Thorgerson, I think it’s a justified inclusion.

  • seandodson 11:14 am on June 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Buckmaster Fuller, , , interior, , postage, ray and charles eames, stamps   

    Charles and Ray Eames: US postal service delivers a set of stylish stamps 

    The US postal service has just released a set of 16 stampsto celebrate the work of US designers Charles and Ray Eames, who celebrate their centennial this year. Although many studios love to be commissioned to design stamps, few get stamps dedicated to them, let alone a series of 16. A recent one celebrating Buckmaster Fuller is a notable exception.

     
    • eames chair 9:26 pm on June 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      They are beautiful stamps and it’s nice to see the USPS honoring them. I wonder if these are the first Eames stamps in the world?

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