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Football Fever... on a small scale!

25th June, 2018 by Steve F

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With the World Cup currently dominating our super large cinema TV screens, it seems opportune to look back at the way football has been illustrated in miniature.... via our very own stamp collection!

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Fitting an illustration onto a postage stamp is a great challenge for a graphic designer i.e. being able to get a big message across to an audience on a very small piece of paper with perforations is a big ask. It’s so easy to get it wrong by putting too much information that doesn’t read when reduced in size. This is especially true when the designer works on screen without continually looking or printing out the design at its true size. In addition, add the postal franking on top and it’s only then you’ll know if your design really works to retain interest as well as legibility.

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The UK invented the postage stamp with the first (penny black) used on 6th May 1840 - the rest of the world soon followed. Over the years many countries have attempted football themed stamps but we are the only country that doesn't include our country name. It goes without saying - UK design is best. Maybe our football team can emulate it?!

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