Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stamps for different kinds of post

The beleaguered Post Office is said to be cutting back, but it hasn't cut back on intelligent, informative, and well-designed stamps. I was tickled to see the "Pioneers of Industrial Design" commemoratives, which pay homage to some of the designers of many of America's iconic and useful objects. The history on the back of the stamps is great as well. I'm going to have a hard time using these stamps as postage.

You could say that some of the products shown on the stamps are like industrial equivalents of Proust's madeleines. Seeing a Brownie camera or Fiesta pitchers catapults me (a designer of a certain age, admittedly) into a love of consumer goods I didn't know I had.


Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

The Fiestaware does it for me, too, but those pitchers are so darn heavy in real life, especially when full!

Beth Tondreau said...

True dat. You could say that it undercuts its utility. On a sorta-not-really-related note, a friend with an iPad was surprised at the weight of the MacBook Pro laptop. Do you think Steve Jobs had a Fiesta-is-heavy moment when he spearheaded the MacBook Air.


On a more serious note, respectful sorrow that Steve Jobs had to step down—and just plain respect for the eloquent way he phrased it.

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The board has named Tim Cook, previously the company's chief operating officer, aLevinson, in the statement.
Steve Jobs Resigns: Complete Coverage

"Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as chairman of the board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."
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Jobs submitted his resignation earlier Wednesday and "strongly recommended that the board implement its succession plan" and name Cook as CEO, the statement said.
Apple released Jobs' resignation letter, which read as follows:
"To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.