Royal Mail – D-Day anniversary stamps
Making the most of a small canvas to communicate seismic world events.
The 6th June 2019 is a significant date in European history. It marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, when Allied forces landed on Normandy’s beaches in 1944 to liberate Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The operation – codenamed Neptune, part of the larger Operation Overlord – was the largest in seaborne military history. We were honoured to be asked by Royal Mail to conceive and design a set of 11 commemorative stamps to mark this moment in history. Working with Royal Mail’s design team and historians at the Imperial War Museum, 11 images were selected to accurately and dramatically convey the timeline of the landings on the stamps themselves, as well as across supporting products. Our involvement also saw us creating the day-of-issue handstamps. A meticulous design process for a truly momentous event.