Inspire Simple Design

12 US stamps that inspire simple design

Sometimes all it takes to inspire simple design is a quote. The French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote a letter to a friend in which, at the end, he wrote: “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”

In other words, Pascal had simply scribbled down what he was thinking as he wrote rather than spend the time to plan and process his ideas before he picked up his quill and ink bottle. Put simply: simple is hard.

Have you ever been stuck trying to create a simple or minimal designs? It’s normally harder to portray your message and much more time consuming. Simple is something Brett Stiles from Austin, Texas does very well, and shows that simplicity in his 50 stamps projects. Ben created 50 postal stamps that simply depict each of the North American States.

12 U.S. postage stamps that will inspire simple design


1. California

If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous.


2. Texas

Houston is home to the NASA headquarters for all piloted U.S. space projects, although Florida is its home to famous launches.


3. Florida

U.S. spacecraft launch from Cape Canaveral, formerly Cape Kennedy.


4. Louisiana

Louisiana is home to the the most crayfish: 98% of the world’s crayfish to be exact.


5. Tennessee

Graceland is the estate and grave site of Elvis Presley.


6. Oklahoma

Oklahoma was the setting for the movie “Twister”.


7. Ohio

Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.

New York

8. New York

New York City has 1162 km of subway track. That’s roughly the distance between Sydney and Broken Hill, and almost the same amount of kilometres as the width of New South Wales!


9. Iowa

Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry.


10. Illinois

Home to the tallest building in the U.S, the Sears Tower, in Chicago.


11. Hawaii

From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.


12. Colorado

Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name “Cheeseburger” was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.

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