Inspiration: City Stamps


United Airlines in–flight magazine Hemispheres had an article about cities featuring customized city stamps.


I love cancellation stamps – especially customized ones (see Fancy Cancels). In much of my work, stamps are something that I try to force into the project until I, or someone else, call attention to the absurdity with attendant mockery.

I think the messy physicalness of a stamp can lend some authenticity to the experience if done right. Stamps rule.

The Hemispheres examples aren’t great, but they were surprising, and I appreciated the little bit of thought that went into them.

Points of inspiration

  • Not everything has to be original
  • If people want to find their street furniture, is there a fancy cancel for that piece?
  • Details matter

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