The Australia Post released this stamp in early February to coincide with Australian Organ Donor Awareness Week. Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the developed world and it is hoped that this beautifully designed stamp will help raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.
The stamp was design by Sydney-based illustrator, Nigel Buchanan.
He uses colour in the design to illustrate the interface between life and death. The heart held out on the figure’s palm represents the extraordinary act of giving.
I love the style, it reminds me of the Spanish pharmaceutical ads from the 60s and 70s. I also enjoy how the figure looks as if he’s taking his heart from the dead side of his body (blue) out to the living side (yellow). Very nice treatment of a sensitive subject.
Big thanks to Matt for sending me the link.