Kind & Computer Stamps

Title Kind & Computer (The Child & the Computer)
Client PTT Post & Stichting Kinderpostzegels
Year 2001
Design Golden Masters

The revenues from selling these stamps are used to benefit children from vulnerable
groups within society. Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland gives financial support to
hundreds of projects allover the world.

Every year a different designer/ artist/ illustrator is asked to do the honorable job of designing a new set of stamps. Every november schoolchildren all over Holland sell them door to door, hence the high imprint.

Richard and me found inspiration at the popular ‘old school’ computer games, like the ones above. Images from Jaro Gielens & Büro Destruct, Electronic Plastic, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2000.

We were interested to see if the split up layers of the game displays would also work at the even smaller size of a stamp.

Different environments and adventures going from one scene to the next.

Designing a character and placement of various actions and positions.

Creating infrastructure, and adding type custom built from the same geometrical elements.

Finetuning, deciding about colour. Almost done!

The pages above are an exerpt from a much more elaborate processbook. The original is kept by the Museum voor Communicatie in The Hague. A copy can be seen at my studio (if you’re nice).

Sheet with 50 self adhesive stamps for heavy business users.

All ingredients rearranged for the cover of a stamp collectors (title: My Hobby Horse!) magazine.

The first set of stamps was presented to prime minister Wim Kok by children dressed up as cats, modeled after our little character! De Telegraaf and Haagsche Courant, 26 September 2001.

‘Writing says more’

Size 76 x 146 mm (sheet), 24 x 36 mm (stamp)
Technique Gravure printing
Print House of Questa, UK
Imprint 6 million sheets
Advisor Julius Vermeulen

See also A to Z poster
See also Baby Stamp – Proposal

November 1st, 2001
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