Signals Designs 2010 Winter Games Commemorative Stamps
Capturing the Canadian experience of the 2010 Winter Games in a postage stamp was truly an Olympic challenge. This February, Canada Post will issue a set of two commemorative stamps designed by Signals to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Games.
“For the commemorative stamps, our goal was to capture the emotions of fans and athletes alike,” Kosta explains. “Inspired by the Olympic spirit of ‘mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play,’ we wanted to reflect this spirit in the faces of young Canadians.
“Above all, we wanted to create iconic images of our collective experience of the Games. The iconic leaf and the colours immediately identify these as Canadian events. And the images of young people in toques and painted faces cheering on their favorite teams and athletes are quintessentially Canadian.”
Signals’ Olympic work began in 2003 with the design of the international marketing books that were delivered to the IOC members to support the Vancouver bid. Last year, John and Kosta designed the Sports of the 2010 Winter Games stamps that showcased curling, snowboard, freestyle skiing, bobsleigh and ice sledge hockey.
Keith Martin, who designed the commemorative stamps with Kosta, says, “Anticipating all this happening in our own backyard was certainly an underlying influence for the design team. The excitement here has been building for years, and I think that comes out in our work. This commemorative issue wraps up the memories and experiences we will take from the games and brings everything home, so to speak.”
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» The official Canada Post release about this stamp launch
» View article in Canada Post’s Details Magazine (Flash required)
» History of Signals stamps in National Archives of Canada
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