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design education and visual communication
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Sunday, 22 November 2009

The Royal Mail has been in the news recently, and most of the coverage has been about redundancies, union wrangles and strikes. But at last there is something to cheer about - a special set of stamps for 2010 - "The Design Classics: Classic British Album Covers".

These ten stamps will appear on January 7th, and include the Rolling Stones 'Let it Bleed', 'London Calling' by the Clash, and Primal Scream's seminal acid house epic, 'Screamadelic'.

Screamadelica, 1990
A number of important graphic designers from the last 40 years or so are represented in the selections, and the choices were based on surveys and polls of favourite album covers, together with input from editors of three major UK music publications, and a number of graphic designers and design writers. A shortlist was drawn up, and presumably that list was whittled down to the ten, with some obvious classics missing out, being just too weird, too provocative, or too obscure (or all three}.

The actual designs show each album cover with the Queen's silouette, and a vinyl disc (remember them?) which appears outside the die-cut of the stamp.

Its a great ideas, but who knows what the late Joe Strummer would have though about the ultimate establishment endorsement.

The List:
'The Division Bell' by Pink Floyd, 'Parklife', 'London Calling', 'Led Zeppelin IV', 'Power, Corruption & Lies' by New Order, Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica', 'Let It Bleed' by The Rolling Stones, Coldplay's 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' by David Bowie and Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells'.

Design Classics Stamps