At the invitation of Mick Zais, a stamp collector and President of Newberry College, I traveled to Newberry, South Carolina for a week this past November to be a guest lecturer at the college. Incorporating dozens of different stamp and postal history objects, I presented to hundreds of students (freshmen through seniors) in fourteen different Graphic & Web Design, History and Sociology classes.
During my stay at Newberry, Tania Sosiak, an Associate Professor of graphic design, organized a “charrette” for her advanced graphic design students. Following a brief presentation about the National Postal Museum and postal history, Professor Sosiak and I laid out the parameters of the task: each student had to design a postage stamp incorporating one or more design elements from at least two objects found on the National Postal Museum’s Arago website. The catch was that this stamp design had to be completed in 24 hours! These Newberry College graphic design students (pictured below) did not disappoint!
Starting Thursday, December 10th, the National Postal Museum’s Blog will feature each student’s work and an explanation of the influences and motivations behind it. Check back to see what they put together!