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A fundamental purpose of a stamp is to show the prepayment of postage. Every country around the world is required to have its own name on almost all types of stamps. This kind of denomination is done to indicate the monetary value. To prevent counterfeiting, stamps usually have a unique graphic design to aid clerks with quick recognition of appropriate postage. Plus, many customers simply expect stamps to carry a design.

In most cases stamps hold a rectangular shape. However, a number of additional shapes have been used such as rhombus, triangles, octagonal, circles, and various freeform shapes. Stamp design in general has evolved tremendously thanks to the advances in printing technology and aesthetical taste of designers. Like fashion trends, design fads come and go as countries try to imitate each other.

Stamps design usually fall into one of four major categories:

  • Portrait bust – profile or full-face
  • Emblem – coat of arms, flag, national symbol, posthorn, etc.
  • Numeric – a design built around the numeral of value
  • Pictorial

Their pictorial designs often contain plants, animals, public figures, history, landscapes, artwork, real-world objects, and honestly almost anything you can think of. When designing a stamp, designers must consider the shape, size, textual elements, and the specific guidelines dictated by their own country.

In reality, successful stamp design receive relatively little notice from the general public. Despite that, stamps do receive obtrusive appraisal from designers, philatelic press, and stamp collectors. If you’ve been contracted by a postal administration to produce a stamp design, you’re in luck! Today we collected some well made stamp designs for your inspiration. They range from vintage to modern design. We hope you’ll enjoy them!

Israel Postage Stamp: Cooperation

Korea postage stamp: kangaroo collector

United Nations postage stamp: air security


Luxembourg postage stamps

Tribute to Helvetica

Modern architecture of Nederlands

Philately Fridays: Australia 1971

DDR Stamps

Riley Cran

Riley Cran

Hungary Postage Stamp: owl

Uruguay Postage Stamp: ONU tree

British Solomon Islands postage stamp: ITU Centenary

Spaceboy Stamp by Erica Sirotich

India Postage Stamp

Applied graphics by Stefan Kanchev

Nathan Shinkle

Greek Heart Stamp

Deaths Head Hitler Postage Stamp (1945)

Germany Postage Stamp: 1976 Olympics

Dominican Republic Postage Stamp: 75th anniversary

Netherlands Postage Stamp

Switzerland Postage Stamp: Pro Fauna

Postage Stamp Design for Hawaii by Biljana Kroll

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov


  1. lovely retro designs )

  2. love the Hungarian (magyar) stamp designs

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