Symbolism, Thematic and Guidelines

Nobody really knows what the future banknote will look like. For this exact reason our mission is to afford the WBP Designer the maximum level of freedom and latitude in developing their WBP design. WBP Designers should try to incorporate imagery, symbolism and their interpretation of a specific theme or ‘storyboard’ in their WBP design. This will allow them to tell their story and apply context and logic to why and how their design was elaborated in a certain direction. While no caveats or recommendations will be imposed on the selection of a theme or ‘storyboard’, the WBP Designer should be able to link the design with a specific story (fictional or real).

Your WBP design may be a real, virtual or hybrid banknote featuring all or none of the current banknote security technologies. It may be 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional or even 4 dimensional. It is up to you to decide what the future world of banknotes will look like. WBP Designers are free to decide on the format, presence or absence of the following key conceptual components in their WBP design:

  • Numeral/Denomination
  • Unit/Name of Currency
  • Portrait/other central symbols
  • Banknote orientation
  • Banknote dimensions
  • Banknote colour scheme
  • Substrate type/content/colour
  • Feature type/content/configuration

However, it is recommended that the WBP Designer includes a representative selection of the following elements in their WBP design, depending on the context, or actual/fictional cash cycle landscape they envisage their banknote designs circulating in:

  • Level 1 Features (or features/technologies that communicate with people)
  • Level 2 Features (or features/technologies that communicate with machines)
  • Level 3 Features (or features/technologies that communicate with final stage re-cycling/forensic analysis activity)

The rest is entirely up to the WBP Designer and we sincerely hope they will amaze us with their creations.

The genesis of a WBP design should be inspired and driven by the collective global culture and preferences of banknote users (human and machines) in much the same way as current banknote design activity is inspired by singular national cultures.