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The winner of the Brexit passport design competition has been announced

With the United Kingdom starting the formal process to leave the European Union, there are already calls to change the design of the UK’s burgundy passport common with all EU nations back to its traditional blue. In an effort to find a more “imaginative” design, the magazine Dezeen hosted an unofficial competition to create an entirely new ‘Brexit passport’.

The winning Brexit passport design by Ian Macfarlane.
The winning Brexit passport design by Ian Macfarlane.

The winning design was created by Scottish graphic designer Ian Macfarlane and featured the older blue of the UK design seeping over the trademark EU burgundy. The designer called it  a “visual metaphor to honestly reflect the pre- and post-referendum spirit of the country and all those involved.” The new passport will also be displayed in London’s Design Museum.

The competition called for a “more imaginative” passport design than a return to the traditional dark blue and one which would represent all citizens, including those who voted to remain in the EU. Second prize went to an iridescent blue passport hung on a lanyard which, with the aid of biometric data, would assist British travellers with personalised foreign phrases to build relationships abroad.

The Brexit passport design competition winners will be exhibited in the Design Museum.
London design studio Special Projects scooped second place for this clubbing-inspired design.

Personalisation continued as a theme to the third prize with a series of passport covers illustrating the traveller’s home town. Inside, the pages are decorated with images from their social media accounts.

A shortlist of nine designs, chosen from more than 200 entries, were released earlier in April. With designers from all over the world entering, the focus points included geography, emigration and the British weather. Another entry took a more humorous slant, creating a cover emblazoned with the Latin phrase ‘cave quid volunt’ meaning ‘be careful what you wish for’.

Tim Gambell and Alfons Hooikaas won third prize for this regional design.
Tim Gambell and Alfons Hooikaas won third prize for this regional design.

The new British passports are due to be issued in 2019 after a tender was issued this March. While there would have been a redesign of UK passports around this time anyway, since they will be issued after Brexit. they are likely to have a significant design change to reflect Britain’s new status.

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