Who in the design industry would you like to see celebrated in stamp form?

This week a set of Johnson Banks-designed first class stamps was released by the Royal Mail celebrating ten British fashion designers. Who would you like to see celebrated from other areas of the design industry in stamp form and why?

Jamie Ellul

‘For me the most successful Royal Mail stamps are those that feel quintessentially British with a wide appeal, stamps that couldn’t have been produced in any other country. For that reason my choice of designer would have to be Alan Fletcher for his oh-so-British wit and charm. And of course his colourful work would make for a beautiful set of jewel-like stamps that would even appeal to my mum, not just geeky design-types like me. First class.’ 

Jamie Ellul, creative director, Magpie Studio


Phil Jones

‘I live in Bloomsbury and my house has a blue plaque on it for the writer Dorothy Sayers who lived here in the 1930s. Other houses around my area have the same blue plaques recognising great writers, Charles Dickens in the next road to me for instance. Wouldn’t it be nice if we recognised the writers who make the design industry tick? Every annual report, brochure, ad campaign is written by great wordsmiths and many of them are unsung heroes. People like Patrick Baglee, Jim Davies, Tim Rich etc., are worth their weight in gold and how nice if we saw them smiling back at us from a stamp?’

Phil Jones, Founder, Real Time Consultancy

Chris Brown

‘With all eyes on the capital, 2012 is obviously an important year for London, so we should pay special homage to a London-based design agency that was influential on a global scale. Airside closed their offices this year but not before creating innovative and award-winning projects across all types of platforms… including T-shirts and toys. Imagine what their stamp range would be like! Let’s pay respect where it’s due.’

Chris Brown, senior designer, GR/DD


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  • Jake Jennings November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Great to see Patrick and other ‘unsung heroes’ getting the recognition they deserve.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Phil. Not only should those of us within our industry be remembering the many talented people that are required to produce a single design (rather than simply being branded with the head designer, partner or studio that oversaw them) but this would also send out a valid point to the public. Design is not to be underestimated, not everybody can do it (and not by themselves at least) and of the wide range of expertise and skills that go into crafting incredible design.

    Just think of the many amazing wordsmiths, photographers, illustrators, artworkers and even un-named designers that go without credit…

    Who would you include?

  • Bella Edgley November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Zandra Rhodes.. who has made a significant contribution to the world of fashion and textiles. That aside her brilliant and colourful designs would lend themselves well to a stamp collection.

  • Nick Cash November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Max Clendinning architect furniture and interior designer almost forgotten but now rediscovered deserves a stamp.

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