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Video Game-Inspired Mail Stamps

The New Royal Mail Stamps are Informed by a Nostalgic Theme

— January 16, 2020 — Art & Design
A new collection of Royal Mail stamps has been launched and the design proves to be rather unconventional, celebrating deep-seated nostalgia and pop culture. This new endeavor by the British postal service is intended to pay homage to the undoubted progression of "British games design and technology."

The latest Royal Mail stamps come in a set of 12. Their aesthetic is playfully pixelated as their design depicts nine classic British video games, starting from the early 1980s and moving through the 90s. The illustrations depict games such as Tomb Raider, Worms, Elite, Micro Machines, and Wipeout. Each game has one dedicated Royal Mail stamp design, outside Lara Croft who has four.

This initative proves to be playful and of the interest of collectors.


Image Credit: Dezeen
Trend Themes
1. Nostalgic Stamp Designs - Opportunity for companies to create retro-inspired merchandise or collaborate with postal services to create unique and collectible stamps.
2. Pop Culture-influenced Merchandise - Opportunity for retailers to create products inspired by popular video games and other forms of entertainment to cater to nostalgic consumers.
3. Celebration of Gaming History - Opportunity for museums or cultural organizations to curate exhibitions and events that explore the evolution of video games and their impact on culture and technology.
Industry Implications
1. Postal Services - Disruptive innovation opportunity for postal services to collaborate with designers and artists to create visually appealing and unique stamps that resonate with customers.
2. Retail - Disruptive innovation opportunity for retailers to incorporate video game-inspired designs into their merchandise offerings, attracting a nostalgic consumer base.
3. Entertainment and Gaming - Disruptive innovation opportunity for entertainment and gaming companies to leverage nostalgia and develop new products or reimagined versions of classic games to appeal to a broader audience.
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