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Graphic designer tapped to make 2012 Olympics stamps

on Tuesday,September 29,2009 17:09

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Graphic designer David Hillman has been chosen by Britain''s Royal Mail to design stamps celebrating the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, set to take place in London.

The new stamps will be released in blocks of 10 designs per year beginning in October and carrying through 2011. Each of the 30 designs will depict a different sport that will be part of the event. The total of 30 stamps was chosen to celebrate the fact that this will be the 30th Olympiad.

"Royal Mail has always been there to celebrate and commemorate significant moments in our history and the London 2012 Olympic Games is one of the greatest events on the planet," said Royal Mail head of special stamps Julietta Edgar.

The first 10 stamps will not only depict various sports, but highlight the diversity of the games by depicting lesser-known events in the Paralympic games alongside Diving and Basketball. The stamps will each be rendered in a different graphical style, with the Judo stamp appearing like a photorealistic painting and the Diving stamp done in a more simple, iconic style.

Hillman may find that his studio''s fame will rise due to the stamps, but those who have yet to reach his status may take the first step toward it by enrolling in a degree program on graphic design.
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