Sunday, 6 December 2009

Postage stamp design in France

The contrast with the attention paid to postage stamp design in France is startling. These stamps may appear to date from the 50's but are all current stamps from the 2009 collection on the La Poste web site.
Not only is there a total lack of concept, design and national identity but the quality of illustration is alarming.
As one of France's leading independent designers, Alain Le Quernac, says, 'To get an idea about what is going on in graphics in France, just go into any post office and check out the stamps. No graphic or intellectual line, just a jumble of formats and techniques that betrays a policy of one-offs and compromise'.

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