Tuesday, November 10, 2009


According to Creative Review magazine, next year the Royal Mail will launch its stamp programme with a set of ten 1st class stamps designed by Studio Dempsey that celebrate classic British album covers - including Blur's Parklife (designed by Chris Thomson / Stylorouge. Photography: Bob Thomas), and New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies (designed by Peter Saville) - both shown above.

Deciding what album covers to include was no easy task. Royal Mail tell us that they began the process by trawling through various existing polls of Greatest Album Covers. They also enlisted the help of editors from various leading UK music publications along with graphic designers and design writers who were asked to list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists. The final selection of ten sleeves (which perhaps oddly doesn't feature one of The Beatles' album covers) will appear on a set of 10 stamps that will launch on January 7, 2010 - and the stamps will be uniquely shaped, as shown in these images, to accommodate a glimpse of a vinyl disc poking out of each record sleeve.

Read more details about the project on the Creative Review blog.

For more on Studio Dempsey

And shout out to Gerald Watson over at Art Vs. Commerce and THE CLASSICS for the above heads-up.

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