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A few days ago, I was flipping through the latest issue of I.D. magazine: Annual Design Review 2004. As usual, I was impressed with the concepts and products that are mentioned, from functional, to helpful, to inspirational… yet on page 102 I found one item that we all use, sometimes notice, but don’t really think about.

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Stamps. Yes, postal stamps. Who could imagine they could be fun? And interactive? The stamps mentioned here, were designed for the British Royal Mail, by Michael Johnson, Sarah Fullerton and Andrew Ross, from Johnson Banks (London):

“Issued in a stroke of originality by the British Royal Mail, this set of 10 fruit and vegetable stamps was sold with an attached sheet of 76 stickers featuring cartoon eyes, mouths, mustaches, hats, ties, boots, and horns for purchasers to apply to the stamps. A postcard to the prime minister might thus be affixed with a customized Mr. Potato Head, or a letter to the queen might be legally adorned with a sour-faced lemon.”
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PUBLISHED ON Jun.27.2004 BY bryony
WITH 23 COMMENTS
Comments
Armin’s comment is:

A logo from a communications company in Mexico always manages to make me smile:

Sorry for the small image, couldn't find anything bigger. It's just such a damn cute, little fella. Always a smile.

On Jun.27.2004 at 10:10 PM
Brad.’s comment is:

Armin,

That's a cute one indeed. Has anyone seen the little chickadee logo for some European telecom company? I know I have seen the logo a number of times, but I can't remember who it was for... and a Google search turns up nada.

Best,

B.

On Jun.27.2004 at 10:45 PM
Jason’s comment is:

These two are just so cute.

Orange telecomm

On Jun.28.2004 at 12:37 AM
Jeff G’s comment is:

This made me smile. It's a little tagged on bit of an identity I did for a friend who's got a thing called M Spark. What makes me smile is the spaceman that was taken directly from Cape Arcona's After Midnight Junk Sale dingbat font. Actually, all of Cape Arcona makes me smile!

On Jun.28.2004 at 04:02 AM
Armin’s comment is:

> Has anyone seen the little chickadee logo for some European telecom company?

This one maybe? It's for a movie production company. Done by Landor.

I was actually going to put this logo first, but I then remembered the Axtel dude.

On Jun.28.2004 at 08:27 AM
debbie millman’s comment is:

This little girl always makes me happy.

Rumor has it that Tibor created her, but I do not know for sure...

On Jun.28.2004 at 08:41 AM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

I am not sure I smile everytime I get to use this... but it sure makes me smile/happy inside...

the new Dunkin' Donuts coffee cup lid...

it is much more convenient for me!!

On Jun.28.2004 at 09:43 AM
mazzei’s comment is:

Sanrio Character: Deery Lou "The cheerful fawn"

On Jun.28.2004 at 09:58 AM
bryony’s comment is:

seems like bubbly cartoony illustrations are IN.

On Jun.28.2004 at 10:35 AM
Armin’s comment is:

That deer is actually freaking me out a little.

If you haven't seen it, I recommend Spiekermann's Typomania. So considerate how he talks about type.

After you watch him push that shopping cart you'll know why this makes me smile.

On Jun.28.2004 at 11:30 AM
scott’s comment is:

This little girl always makes me happy.

Rumor has it that Tibor created her, but I do not know for sure...

Umm...no.

On Jun.28.2004 at 12:05 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

Umm...no.

Do you know who did it, Mr. Stowell?

On Jun.28.2004 at 12:47 PM
laura’s comment is:

I get a chuckle out of this site's intro everytime.

+ Link: www.ddbcanada.com

On Jun.28.2004 at 03:00 PM
Shahla’s comment is:

Thanks for the Typomania link, Armin. Who'd you like to see do this if one of the American networks was planning- a New Yorker? Would you do it? Wearing a bow-tie?

: ) Very funny.

On Jun.28.2004 at 03:05 PM
RavenOne’s comment is:

... the US needs stamps like that. Man those'd be fun!! Just LOOKING at them made me feel like a little kid again (Okay, so being only 22 I'm probably a kid compared to most of you). The other posts here were also interesting and made me smile as well; especially the coffee lid. The deer scares me, and reminds me of a bambi story book I had as a kid, only evil.

On Jun.28.2004 at 08:51 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Shahla, I don't think I could keep a straight face doing it. Not to mention that I wouldn't even be able to put on the bow tie — I can barely do a normal tie on my own.

On Jun.28.2004 at 09:09 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Thanks Laura, I just spent ten minutes of my day looking at chubby men in yellow tights run accross my screen… highlight of the day!

On Jun.29.2004 at 12:15 PM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

GREAT site laugh.. that DOES me make me :, too !!!

On Jun.29.2004 at 03:33 PM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

Laugh* - Laura... yea.. Tuesday!

On Jun.29.2004 at 03:36 PM
Mark’s comment is:

A couple of years ago, just after the government licenced competition for Telmex (the newly privatized phone company) Axtel started out with a campaign that plastered the little fella all over the city; encased in question marks ( ?). Needless to say, nobody had the slightest idea it was a telephone/communications company.

On Jun.30.2004 at 12:35 AM
bryony’s comment is:

I must be thinking about mail this week, but I found a rather cool and unique postcard that can add some fun to any mailbox.

On Jun.30.2004 at 08:25 AM
John Lee’s comment is:

I was flipping through the ID Design annual too, and I smiled when they referred to plastic as "quite civilized."

On Jul.02.2004 at 03:57 PM
Sarah B.’s comment is:

This topic is "old" - but I was in the store, and saw these guys.. I smiled, and I thought.. hmm.. "SpeakUp" - I can mention them there!

Ginger People

On Jul.14.2004 at 10:30 AM