Sergio Baradat Designs UN World Heritage Stamps

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued 6 postage stamps on 11 September 2020, featuring World Heritage sites in the Russian Federation.

The stamps feature Lake Baikal; Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow; Historic Complex of the Kazan Kremlin; Saint Petersburg; Novodevichy Convent and Kizhi Pogost.

Three beautifully designed prestige booklets in English, French, and German accompany the stamp series. The booklets feature colorful photographs and detailed information about these World Heritage sites.

For many years, UNPA has highlighted World Heritage sites recognized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world in recognition of their outstanding value to humanity.

This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

The stamps and prestige booklets were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations).

The World Heritage stamp series is one of Mr. Baradat’s favorite projects to work on. For this year’s series, Baradat said he was “inspired by the rich history and juxtaposition of styles and design motifs throughout Russia’s history.”

“From the images of St. Petersburg to Lake Baikal to the Historic Complex of the Kazan Kremlin, each one is beautiful, filled with amazing details and historical facts,” he said.

When designing the stamps, his intent was to showcase the sites elegantly and clearly, while bringing recognition and preservation to these historic places.

To purchase these stamps, as well as other UNPA products, please visit You can also email UNPA at or call 1-800-234-UNPA (8672).

To see more of Sergio Baradat’s design and illustration work, please visit his website and page on

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Altpick Week in Review: Ellen Weinstein, Julia Kerschbaumer, Lee Page and Daria Kirpach

Altpick’s Member Focus continues with a review of this past week’s artists highlights, which includes Photographer Lee Page and Illustrators Ellen Weinstein, Julia Kerschbaumer and Daria Kirpach.

Illustrator Ellen Weinstein

Illustrator Julia Kerschbaumer

Illustrator Daria Kirpach


Photographer Lee Page is designed to help you. You are an art director, art buyer, photo editor, or creative director looking for talent to shoot, illustrate, or animate a project. You are an artist looking to promote to this crucial art buying base. consistently reaches the decision-makers in the industry that are cutting edge, dynamic, and open to new ideas. Our hand-selected artist members represent the freshest and most professional talents in the creative community.  To see more of the above artists’ work, please visit


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Altpick Week in Review::Illustrator Gregory Nelson, Photographers Kevin Steele, Irene Pena and Jay Watson

Altpick’s Member Focus continues with a review of this past week’s artists highlights, which include Photographers Jay Watson, Irene Pena, Kevin Steele, and Illustrator Gregory Nelson.

Illustrator Gregory Nelson

Illustrator ©Gregory Nelson

Gregory Nelson has been in the business for over 20 years and is an experienced illustrator for magazines, greeting cards, and editorial assignments.

Photographer Kevin Steele

Photographer ©Kevin Steele

It’s all about feeling for photographer Kevin Steele.  “Creating an emotional connection in images that range from quiet and still to explosively dynamic”, Steele comments. “I love shooting people with a zest for life.”

Photographer Irene Pena 

Photographer ©Irene Pena

Costa Rican Photographer Irene Pena, creates fashion, portrait, lifestyle, and fine art images.  She works on projects with local artists and fashion designers creating dynamic images in motion.  All done in-camera.

Photographer Jay Watson

Photographer ©Jay Watson

San Franciso editorial and lifestyle photographer Jay Watson shoots advertising, entertainment, apparel, corporate, sports and automobile assignments.  His beautiful red Chevy Camaro above was shot at night capturing the perfect lighting.

This was just a small sampling of the artists’ work.  Please visit for more of their amazing imagery.

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Altpick’s Week in Review

Altpick’s Week in Review features 4 talented members:  award-winning illustrators Mark Smith and Mirko Cresta, designer Kurt Ketchum and photographer Dorit Thies.  Each of the members’ portfolio showcases a sample of their best work, recent news, and their latest assignments.  Art Directors, creative directors, and creatives in the industry hire these talented artists to answer their needs in advertising, editorial, publishing, music, and corporate.  Be sure to visit for more of their work!

Photographer Dorit Thies  

Globally recognized photographer Dorit Thies has earned a stellar reputation over the last two decades as a go-to talent for beauty, hair, health, wellness and lifestyle clients looking for creative solutions to their most high-profile projects.

Photographer ©Dorit Thies

Illustrator Mirko Cresta

Mirko Cresta has found over time that his style has been enriched with relistic details and vibrant colors with renouncing cleanliness and compositional synthesis.  Mirko illustrates sensitive, social, political and topical issues  without being didactic or too empathetic.

Illustrator ©Mirko Cresta

Designer Kurt Ketchum

Kurt Ketchum loves working with creating images, color, texture, typography, photography, design, drawing, and all aspects of the arts.  Ketchum has a knack for finding creative solutions for all types of projects in advertising, corporate, editorial, publishing, and music industries.

Designer ©Kurt Ketchum

Illustrator Mark Smith

Mark Smith’s work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, and advertising campaigns around the world for high profile clients such as ESPN, Rolling Stone, Penguin Books, New York Times and many more.

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Be sure to visit for more of the artists’ work!

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Congratulations to the American Illustration 39 Winners!

Congratulations to the Altpick members and all the illustrators who won in the American Illustration 39 com competition! We would like to specially highlight the winning pieces of Dan BejarDavide Bonazzi, Richard Borge, Ivan Canu, Tom Cocotos, John S. Dykes, Paul Garland, Garth Glazier, Eddie Guy, Urs J. Knobel, Jon Krause, Aaron Meshon, David Plunkert, Mark Smith, and Ellen Weinstein.

Dan Bejar

Illustrator ©Dan Bejar

Dan Bejar’s cover was for a profile on Daniella Ballou-Aares who founded the Leadership Now Project.  The project idea is to rebuild America’s democratic systems in a non-partisan way.

Illustrator ©Dan Bejar

Dan’s second winning illustration was the main components for the artist Dread Scott’s guidebook on the performance project “Slave Rebellion Reenactment”.  The items included the performance, recruitment of performers, the history of the 1811 German Coast uprising, costume making, and book clubs.

Dan’s third winning piece was for a story in Reader’s Digest on an Alabama woman’s experience — as an observer and a shooting victim — which underscores how hungry Americans are to reach consensus.

Davide Bonazzi

Illustrator ©Davide Bonazzi

Davide’ Bonazzi’s book cover illustration of “Hannah Versus the Tree” by Leland de la Durantaye, was published in Italy by Codice Edizioni.

Richard Borge

Illustrator ©Richard Borge

Richard Borge’s 2019 SVA Subway Poster was commissioned in fall 2019 by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) to appear as part of a series of subway platform posters with the tag line “Art Is!”.  Look for the hidden elements!

“Buzzing with Innovation” ©Richard Borge

Richard’s second winning piece was titled “Buzzing with Innovation”, the cover image for the Mechanical Engineering magazine, which celebrated the various areas of the field.

Ivan Canu

Illustrator ©Ivan Canu

Portrait of the Italian romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi for the book “Very Italiani” written by Rossana and Francesco Maletto-Cazzullo was illustrated by Ivan Canu. The book tells the stories of 50 famous Italians from the Middle Ages to contemporary times.  Published by Salani in March 2019.

Tom Cocotos

©Tom Cocotos

Tom Cocotos’ piece “Jay-Z Dissected” was selected for the American Illustration Awards 39.

John Dykes (Leo Acadia)

Illustrator ©John S. Dykes

John Dykes’ “Carvel” was one in a series of paintings inspired by mid-century, products, packaging, design, fashion, and culture.

Paul Garland

Illustrator ©Paul Garland

Paul Garland’s bicycle image accompanied an article about Philadelphia’s ambitious plan to eliminate bicycle deaths on its streets and roads.

Garth Glazier

Illustrator ©Garth Glazier

Illustrator ©Garth Glazier

The promotional set of animal designs for the December and Christmas season was illustrated to be fun and light-hearted.  Garth Glazier was exploring variations in style and approach as well as wordplay.

Eddie Guy

Illustrator©Eddie Guy

“How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid?” was Eddie Guy’s commissioned illustration for the May 2019 issue of the New York magazine.  The article is on how some people go under the knife to reshape their faces to increase their dating prospects.

Urs J Knobel

Illustrator ©Urs J Knobel

Urs J Knobel’s caricature depicts how Prime Minster of the UK Boris Johnson’s personality was becoming a problem.

Jon Krause

Illustrator ©Jon Krause

The illustration of the dalmatian was illustrated by Jon Krause for an article advising readers on creating secure passwords, specifically never using your dog’s name.

Illustrator ©Jon Krause

Jon’s second winning piece was for an article about lies and dishonesty in the press.

Aaron Meshon

Illustrator ©Aaron Meshon

Chubu is the Meshon family dog.  In the painting, Aaron Meshon illustrates the Japanese countryside with his son and 4 friends.  The painting was made for a continuing promotional series.

Aaron’s second winning piece was painting and design for the film poster for “Nourishing Japan” documentary about school lunches, the farmers and community that bring the local food to the children, and the importance of its influence on society and life in Japan.

David Plunkert

Illustrator ©David Plunkert

“Suffrage” poster was illustrated by David Plunkert for Blueshift Dance Company and Vaught Contemporary Ballet’s modern dance performance celebrating women’s right to vote.

Illustrator ©David Plunkert

David’s second winning piece, “If/Then” poster was illustrated for The Collective’s modern dance performance relating to the cause and effect of human relationships.

Mark Smith

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Mark Smith’s illustration, “Happiness in the Workplace” was created for Mendoza Business Magazine.

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Mark’s second winning piece “To Love and Be Wise” was illustrated for Josephine Tey’s period crime novel.

Ellen Weinstein

Illustrator ©Ellen Weinstein

Ellen Weinstein’s “The Life of Dogs and Cats” in South Korea as depicted through a series of short stories for “Korean Literature Now”.

Illustrator ©Ellen Weinstein

Ellen’s second winning piece was for Marin Magazine for a story on non-invasive beauty treatments.

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Kevin Steele Photographs L.A. BLM Protests

©Kevin Steele

To say that something was set in motion by the killing of George Floyd would no doubt be an understatement, given the public reaction we’ve seen play out in the past month. From streets all across the country, powerful images of protesters have emerged on various media (and social media) outlets. Kevin Steele is no exception to the number of professional photographers who have managed to capture the anger, sadness, and disappointment seen in the people marching through America’s big cities. Apart from his excellent imagery shot during L.A.’s “Black Lives Matter” protests, Kevin also shared a few words on the topic:

“This is not a time to tell you how many black friends I have, or how woke I am to the pervasive racism and inequality in America. This is a time to listen. A time to pause and reflect.  Most importantly it is a time to effect change. This moment is different. We’ve all been living with uncertainty and fear these last months, feeling vulnerable and anxious. The distractions of daily “normal” life are stripped away and we can see too clearly what has been happening in front of our eyes. The murder of George Floyd was a horrific call to action. To end the police brutality and violence, to bring to the center of our conversations the social injustice, racism, and inequality and to act. Whether we add a voice in physical protest, add dollars to support, or simply listen, watch, understand, and empathize. We want to change NOW.“ — Kevin Steele

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Kent Miller’s Pandemic Porch Portraits

The COVID-pandemic has been both a stressful and worrisome time for many, and it’s in times like these that we should appreciate the creative people who do their best to change our moods.

Photographer Kent Miller is one of those people; after sitting at home for weeks without any direct contact with the outside world, Kent decided it was time to get creative in order to help his community (as well as himself) to deal with the mental anguish brought on by isolation. He posted a short blurb in his local Tarrytown, NY, Facebook group, asking families if they’d be willing to get photographed while sitting on their front porch. Sure enough, enthusiastic replies soon started pouring in and before long, Kent could start shooting with his 1954 Linhof Technika 5×7 film camera and early 1950’s black & white film. He explains the photographic process as such:

“We never touch during the process. Schedules were arranged by email, text, or phone calls. The entire experience is socially distanced: When I arrive at their address, I text them and we greet each other from a distance in their yard. I ask them to sit on the porch or sidewalk in front of their house. I set up my camera and make 6 quick shots on 3 different kinds of film. We say goodbye and off I go. Later that evening, I develop everything in my darkroom, do a quick scanning of the film, and email the family a few images. Some of the older films take on a very weathered look. It’s part of the magic of film. I make an actual print from the scanned negative for the family to hang in their house if they’d like.”

Ultimately, Kent’s main purpose for the project is to put a smile on peoples’ faces and, if only for a few minutes, have them forget about the pandemic and just sit together as a family while enjoying each other’s company. “These quiet moments help us realize that we are much stronger together – as a family and as a community.”

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This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up :: Tom Michas, Renee Rhyner, Clay Patrick McBride, Arlen Schumer

Each week we feature an Altpick member each day on the homepage and this week the 4 members included: photographer Tom Michas, artist rep Renee Rhyner & Company, photographer Clay Patrick McBride and Illustrator/Designer Arlen Schumer.  

Enjoy the weekend!  Happy July 4th!

Photographer Tom Michas

Photographer ©Tom Michas

Photographer ©Tom Michas

Artist Rep Renee Rhyner & Company

Photographer ©Beth Perkins

Artist Rep Renee Rhyner & Company

Photographer Clay Patrick McBride

Photographer ©Clay Patrick McBride

Photographer @Clay Patrick McBride

Illustrator/Designer Arlen Schumer

Illustrator/Designer ©Arlen Schumer

Illustrator/Designer ©Arlen Schumer

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Dreaming of the Future: Memories of Milton Glaser, Broccoli Rabe and Design

by Clare Ultimo

No doubt there are many people talking about Milton Glaser right now. He loomed large in the world of communication, design, illustration, and art (his work is at the Louvre after all). I’m sure there will be lots more discussion about his influence on American and International design culture in the months to come. Milton was a formidable presence in the world of design, and I have had the good fortune of spending time with him through the years and learning a lot from his uncommon wisdom and brilliant mind.

Like many young designers in the 1980s, and before the digital age, I first came to know Glaser’s work through magazines like “Graphis” and “Communication Arts”, through his time with Seymour Chwast, Pushpin Studios and of course books published about his work, outlining what seemed like his best projects at that time. The books were compelling visual experiences outlining his thought process and the fortunate intersection of a good idea, a good client, and a successful production.

But what I was seeing at that time, and particularly admired about him early on, was his inability to see any limitations in the world of design. For Glaser, design didn’t stop at illustration, or posters or packages or logos or magazines. Milton designed storefronts, lamps, and supermarkets, right down to the cat food cans. I didn’t know too many designers at the time that did this, so his work left a big impression on my young mind. At the time, I was working as an Assistant at a media company, one of 25 people in the Art Department, dreaming of a future where I would do something like Glaser was doing. No idea how I would do that, but dreaming nonetheless.

Many are familiar with an evening course Glaser taught at SVA called “Design and Personality’ which I took for Fall and Spring semesters in 1984. Those that know this class, will remember an assignment given to “Visualize your Work Life Five Years From Now – write about it in as much detail as you can and bring in a piece of work that you will be creating at that time”. As Milton announced this, the class revolted: “How can we imagine something we have not worked on yet?” “How do I know what I’ll be doing in five years?” But I was excited about it…using our creative imaginations for our futures. I thought it was a magical kind of idea and little did I know it would set my entire life in a new direction.

What I imagined was having my own design studio someday, detailing as much as I could about it, describing myself down to the white jumpsuit I was wearing on that particular day, and amazingly enough, less than two years later, without a dime in my pocket or any clients to start with, this imaginary design studio became real (sans the white jumpsuit, however). In my assignment, I even said I had help at the beginning (having no idea where it would come from at the time). Somehow, a typesetter on 34 street (Lance Booth) offers me free rent in his office for 6 months to get started. It was hard, it was scary, but it was pretty magical.

Once I saw this little assignment become my reality, I reached out to Milton to tell him my story. Of course, he had already heard this from many others who had taken his class. In fact, he said that when he began to give the assignment, he didn’t specify “work” life and so people were coming back to tell him how their “whole” life had changed because of his assignment; how they left their wife/husband, moved to Italy or some such place, gave up drinking, gave up design and started a horse farm, etc. He said these were major life changes and since people were attributing those changes to his assignment and to him, he began to say specifically ”work-life”. “I didn’t want that responsibility” he laughed.

In that initial meeting, I figured I would take the opportunity to ask him how to maintain standards in the work we did, despite dumb clients and low budgets. I will never forget what he said. “A lot of things have to work together in our profession for a project to be successful. A brilliant idea isn’t enough; your talent isn’t even enough. Graphic Design is a humble profession. There are all kinds of things that affect the end result of your idea, including budgets and production expertise. It all has to come together to make the thing great. It doesn’t always. We’re not brain surgeons after all. Don’t forget that.”

By 1988, lunches, letters, and postcard exchanges began to happen, and over the next 20 years, I would find myself at some restaurant looking at Milton across the table: me, a rookie design entrepreneur with a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes to make. And while I was thrilled to have opportunities to talk with him and get his advice, I don’t think I ever stopped feeling intimidated by the respect he received from so many and the huge range of work he was continually creating. The man never stopped working, even up until the end.

While I never considered this a “friendship” in the classical sense, it was the most important student/teacher relationship I have ever had. Even though I respected him, I enjoyed a kind of informality that seemed unique, though I’m sure others would have similar stories about Milton.

He was quick to correct my pronunciation of words in conversation (which always embarrassed me). He told me to stop fidgeting once, at a restaurant (me…mortified since I didn’t realize I was fidgeting). At the now-defunct “Coffee Shop” on 16th Street, I blurted out why he insisted on combining the weirdest colors (evergreen – navy blue – gold) in his apparel (quote me: “what’s with these colors Milton?”) He said he liked them and besides, he knew they bothered other designers (like me)!

He always seemed curious; he always asked great questions that kept me thinking long after he was gone. Once, in a conversation about Western religious ideas and God (yes, he had a lot to say about such things) he asked, “So what is the point of Purgatory anyway?” I explained what I knew, being a Catholic, but I remember laughing because no matter what I said, he was shaking his head in disbelief. Nonetheless, he continued to question me, and I took that as an example of what great designers did – they asked questions. Clearly, he liked to entertain ideas he was not familiar with. He would observe random things, everyday things, as though they were new. He would say things like “I’m watching TV in a dark room and thinking, what IS this thing, this blue rectangle we are all staring at? What is this glowing light we are all mesmerized with?” Stuff like that.

Then, when my mother was dying, he said something truly unusual, something I have never heard before from anyone about death. I asked him for some way to deal with her inevitable passing, and he said ”When my mother was dying, I would look at my hands when I woke up, to make sure they were there.” The death of a parent is psychically disorienting (especially if you were very close, as I was to my mom), this was a way of reminding ourselves that we have the power to create something new, even when things around us are ending. Artists looking at their hands…it gave me an entirely different perspective on the whole thing.

Almost every conversation happened over a table filled with food. Of course, everyone knows Milton was a “foodie” so he always knew what the best stuff was on any menu, no matter what kind of cuisine it was. (Another reason why lunch with him was so enlightening). He told me to order the Broccoli Rabe and Pasta when we were at Trattoria Dell’Arte, the Lentilles soup at an east side French bistro and seemed to really like my mother’s homemade Strufoli, which I gave him at Christmas for many years. I paid attention to his knowledge about food, lest we forget he pioneered the enjoyment of local dives and cheap amazing meals in NYC with a paperback bestseller “The Underground Gourmet” in the 1970s.

Once we were walking down Lexington Avenue and we passed Kalustyan’s, an international food shop. He motioned to go in and said “I want to show you something”, so I followed him. He took me over to a wall of bins with loose beans, peas, nuts, and fresh spices neatly stacked up, one above the other. He looked at the beans, looked back at me, and said, “Only God can make such colors. Do you see them?” But I just stood there, not knowing what to say, made a little nod and weak smile, and felt really uncomfortable. I wanted to say something smart in response, but couldn’t think of anything. Fortunately, he left and started walking around the store when I thought, “oh, I know what I’ll do, I’ll buy him a gift from this place”. I got him a pastry and felt relieved when we left. Hours later, after we said goodbye, the simplest thing hit me. I realized he just wanted to show how color was a real thing, made in nature before any artist recreated it, how important and beautiful that was. Eyes of an artist. It wasn’t so difficult to understand, and there was me trying to be so clever in front of the chickpeas!

In my life, Milton personified the qualities of a true artist and a great teacher. Others who knew him in a different way might have other stories to tell, and that’s all right. I will be forever grateful for the time I spent in his company and the short time I had to enjoy his thoughts. Now that he is no longer around, there are a few things I will always remember that he told me long ago:

  1. Stay curious
  2. The right questions are more valuable than the right answers.
  3. Apply ruthless examination to topics you think you know (i.e. you will always be learning, so don’t be a smartass!)

And finally…life requires “coraggio”. Milton often ended his letters to me with this word, which is “courage” in Italian. In the mad, cutthroat world of NY design, this word reminded me to be hopeful. It was worth a lot.

God bless you in Design Heaven, Milton. Hope you are hanging with interdimensional friends, having a good time. You will be missed but never forgotten.

To see more of Milton Glaser and Clare Ultimo’s work, please visit their websites:

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This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up::Donna Wilson, Skizzomat Studio, Eric Fennell, Kristine Lombardi

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up includes artists Donna Wilson, Skizzomat Studio, Eric Fennell and Kristine Lombardi.  Please enjoy!

Illustrator Kristine Lombardi

Illustrator ©Kristine Lombardi

Illustrator ©Kristine Lombardi

Photographer Eric Fennell

Photographer ©Eric Fennell

Photographer ©Eric Fennell

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

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