Artwork for stamp designs

When CSAC approves a proposed stamp subject, the Stamp Development design staff is assigned the task of developing the stamp design.

Stamp Development has professional art directors under contract to oversee the creation of stamp designs. The art directors, in turn, work with professional designers, artists, illustrators, and photographers to produce what has become one of the most publicly visible forms of art.

Because extensive verification is performed on each detail of a stamp’s design and because production procedures are complex, design development usually begins several years in advance of issuance.

Approximately 25 stamp subjects are assigned each year, and a small percentage of those are created by artists new to the Postal Service. The design staff is continually searching for new talent, and the Postal Service annually receives more than 500 requests for information on how to become a stamp designer. Although personal interviews are not granted for any creative work, those interested should follow these guidelines:

  • Submit a portfolio of samples in print form (tear sheets, color copies, etc.) that best represent your style of work. Samples are not returned, and the Postal Service does not acknowledge receipt of samples by letter or phone. Neither original art nor slides will be accepted. Interviews are not granted.
  • Do not submit artwork or photographs for specific consideration as a stamp. Unsolicited stamp designs will not be reviewed or considered.
  • Submit portfolios to the following address:

    U.S. Stamp Development
    Attn: Stamp Design
    475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
    Washington, DC 20260-3501
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