April 19, 2017

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Dana Chou

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Could This Be the New Post-Brexit Passport?

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Whether you were for it or against it, the June 2016 Brexit referendum vote that sent the United Kingdom out of the European Union was a monumental decision that rocked the entire world. Regardless of how you felt about Brexit, the lives of the citizens of the UK were bound …

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Whether you were for it or against it, the June 2016 Brexit referendum vote that sent the United Kingdom out of the European Union was a monumental decision that rocked the entire world. Regardless of how you felt about Brexit, the lives of the citizens of the UK were bound to change. One of the changes the vote introduced was a possible revision of the current burgundy European Union passport that all citizens of the UK currently hold.

Dezeen, a design and architecture magazine, launched an unofficial Brexit passport design competition that welcomed designers of all skill levels and backgrounds to submit ideas for a possible new look. After rounds of voting, one winning entry was finally crowned this past week, and the statement behind the stunning design is truly remarkable.

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Ian MacFarlane took the win home with a simple but powerful redo to the plain burgundy passports. His design features a deep blue to red gradient, a strong visual element that can evoke all different kinds of reactions from its carriers. Simply put, it can reflect every sentiment about Brexit, regardless of whether it was positive or negative. The ambiguity of the gradient is what can pull so many different emotions from all of the people that would be carrying this passport.

The blue to red ratio was also meant to symbolize the 52%-48% voting ratio of those who supported Brexit versus those who didn’t. The color choices were meaningful as well: the red represents the color of the current EU passport. Its blue color is inspired by the historical navy color of the former UK passport. Below are other designs made for the competition.

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2nd Place design by Special Projects

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3rd Place design by Tim Gambell and Alfons Hooikaas

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Although this competition is entirely unofficial, the judges will present the winning designs to the government of the UK to invite discussion and deliberation. The winning design is without a doubt a poetic and powerful take on Brexit and the future of the UK. Hopefully, the rest of us non-Brits can eventually sit back and watch as this passport come to life.

All images (c) Dezeen.

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