About those Star Trek Stamps

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Star Trek stampsSo, back in the summer, I was on vacation but checked email and found an invitation to consult on the USPS’ forthcoming Star Trek stamp set. For a modest fee and a few hours of my time, would I look over their designs and text?Of course I agreed and when I returned home, I found the first designs and copy. I offered my art direction notes and rewrote some of the copy. I looked at things a second time and continued to offer notes about how the U.S.S. Enterprise was depicted. I was thanked and paid.The stamps were announced the other day and I see fans have the same concerns over the art as I did.All I can say is I have no clue why they went with artwork and not photography or why the starship proved challenging to properly capture as line art.Criticisms aside, I am thrilled to see Gene Roddenberry’s creation properly celebrated with these stamps and was happy to play a small part.Here’s the official write up, in case you missed it:Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television premiere, the new Star Trek Forever stamps showcase four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program:

  • the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background;
  • the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background;
  • the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background; and,
  • the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan statue (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background

The words “SPACE… THE FINAL FRONTIER,” from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars. The stamps were designed by Heads of State under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá.

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4 thoughts on “About those Star Trek Stamps

  1. So these stamps will take mail “where no one has gone before?” Not sure if I’d be buying them only to not have my mail delivered correctly!

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