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360 Degrees: Michael Osborne

In every issue of Storyboard magazine, we like to explore the intimate workspaces of some of our region’s most accomplished designers. The following short videos examine some of the key pieces of art and inspiration to be found in the studio of Michael Osborne, president and creative director of Michael Osborne Design.

Osborne’s work can be seen everywhere, from the shelves of your local Target to stamps we buy at the post office. His creations are included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MOMA, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum 
in Washington also houses Osborne’s work, including the 2002 and 2004 Love stamps, the 2006 and 2013 Wedding stamp set, and more.

In addition to design, Osborne is an avid collector. His collections include pocket knives, fine art and letterpress books, stamps and a vintage Fiestaware pitcher.

“I think designers are prone to collect for some reason. I don’t know a designer who doesn’t collect something. Designers collect. That’s what they do. It’s a sickness,” he laughs.

Author: Aaron Berman

A former writer and editor for USA Today, Aaron Berman is also the editor of PaperSpecs, and covered the newspaper industry for the Newspaper Association of America’s monthly magazine, Presstime.

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