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Deliver a years stamps

The Royal Mail Yearpack is the (no less talented) little brother of the Yearbook. A piece which houses the years special stamp issues in one collectors pack. 2012 was a big year for the UK and we wanted to create a piece which celebrated the diversity of our tiny island.

Our solution was to decorate a Royal Mail pillarbox with imagery from the disparate stamp issues; bringing all the stamp subjects together in one image. We commissioned illustrator James Taylor. who has a very British 'Pop Art' aesthetic and Victorian Decoupage approach. The result is a visual delight that allows the reader to discover new depths with every read.

Pillarbox photography by John Ross. Words by Jim Davies.

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Post a children's classic

To celebrate the work of the late great Roald Dahl, Royal Mail tasked us with designing a set of stamps and collectibles focused on Dahl's children's book work with Quentin Blake. Working closely with Blake's archivist, we set about creating a colourful set of stamps which depicted the famous book cover illustrations.

Extensive research led to a set of collectibles that are bursting with strange wonderful facts (like Dahl keeping a pet magpie as a child) and playful imagery, including several especially commissioned artworks by Quentin Blake. All in all a truly Phizz-whizzing project.

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Spread the word

At the end of each year, the Royal Mail releases a set of themed Christmas Stamps. We were briefed to design and produce a limited-run display piece to showcase the stamps, depicting scenes from the King James Bible. The piece needed to compliment the miniature works of art, without overpowering them.

Our solution is inspired by the typographic beauty of the original King James Bible. A modern take on the 400 year old book resulted in a pocket-sized Bible with extracts relevant to the stamps. The stamps were then tipped-in by hand to form a crucifix.

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Design a book to the letter

The Yearbook is the jewel in the crown of Royal Mail's annual stamp issues, a lavish book which houses all of the years special stamp issues. Our task was to come up with a cohesive design that held the disparate subjects together - ranging from The Genius of Gerry Anderson to the King James Bible.

We devised the title 'Illuminating Letters' and collaborated with Royal Mail's editorial and design team to commission a host of specialist illustrators and writers to create a set of typographic drop cap illuminations for each chapter which were sympathetic and complementary to each theme.

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Make stamp design look like child's play

Royal Mail wanted to celebrate the phenomenon that is Winnie-the-Pooh. With a brief to focus on the AA Milne and EH Shepard works, we created a set of stamps and collectibles that were loyal to the original books.

Acres of research resulted in a set of stamps which appear effortlessly simple. Black and white illustrations from the first editions were printed in mono with serious attention to detail - right down to typesetting the designs in the font from the original pressings.

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Illuminate letters.

When the Royal Mail released their annual Christmas stamps, they were keen for them to be seen in their best light.

Our perforated illustrations of church windows helped to place the stained glass-themed stamps in context, complimenting the miniature works of art, without overpowering them. The concertina fold allowed all seven stamps to be viewed together in all their glory.

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D&AD Awards 2010 - Nomination

Design Week Awards 2011 - Winner

McNaughton Review 2009 - Best in Show

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Get more in a Mini.

Our Smiler sheet for the Royal Mail's Design Classics Mini stamp was created to keep both stamp collectors and motoring enthusiasts happy. By filling the sheet with Mini moments - fascinating facts in a stamp-sized space - we made the most of being mini.

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Merge icon and coin.

Our pack design for the Royal Mint's Mini Medal needed to both house and showcase the coin. Our solution makes it integral to the hero image, replacing the famous Mini headlamp. A timeline of the car's history is presented around a commissioned shot of an original speed dial, while the cancellation mark interacts with a pair of the Royal Mail's Mini stamps.