Success story: VisComm graduate designs a stamp
Postage stamps are barely a single square inch, but designing one that will be available next week ranks among the biggest moments in the career of NMC alumnus Aaron Draplin.
Draplin (above), a 1993 visual communications graduate who now runs Draplin Design Studio in Portland, Ore., is the designer of the Star Ribbon, a commemorative stamp the U.S. Postal Service will officially release on March 22.
Draplin said in a February Instagram post that “tears (were) rolling down my cheeks” when he was notified of his patriotically-themed design’s selection. It is one of five first-class stamps to be released next week and will get the largest print run, “in the millions” according to Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts. It will be available in sheets of 20 and coils of 10,000.
Draplin said the universal availability of stamps is what appeals to him.
“Everyone needs a stamp. Everyone gets to enjoy the art on them. Too many times, art and design is only for those who can afford it. Stamps? They are a democratization of design. And that? That’s my favorite kind of graphic design,” he posted on Instagram.
Betts said the office receives 30,000–40,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year. Suggestions are vetted to be sure they meet criteria — for instance, living subjects cannot be featured on stamps. The vetted list is then reviewed by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, appointed by the U.S. Postmaster General.
“They see stamps as a way to tell America’s story, not only here in the United States but throughout the world,” Betts said. Read more »
Jobs for Vets March 20
NMC will host the Jobs for Vets hiring event from 3–6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Hagerty Center.
The event is one among many that earned NMC the distinction of ranking No. 2 among community colleges nationwide for its service to veteran students. Find out more at nmc.edu/veterans.