Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Norway Notes

The 2 winning concepts on one note

About a year ago, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, held a competition to redesign a series of bank notes. Designers had to follow the theme of the "Sea". Initially the bank would choose one winning design to go with but instead decided to merge two different winning concepts. One side of the note will feature a concept called Norwegian Living Space by The Metric System and Terje Tonnessen, representing the coastal life. And on the other side of the note, the concept entitled Beauty of Boundaries by Snohetta Design will be featured. It's a more modern concept using a lot of bold color and computerized pixels as an abstract of the sea.

Below are the Snohetta Design concept

The Metric System concept

To be very honest with you, i think they're really wonderful designs, and i really like the idea of merging to completely different styles, although it can look disconnected at first i absolutely love the contrast. 
However there's one concept submission that i must share with you because i find it absolutely charming. Aslak Gurholt Ronsen's concept created his designs out of children's drawings, basically asking kids to redraw his illustrations on the other side of the note. The results are amazing!

The winning notes will be printed in 2017 :)

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