Concept for a new Banknote Series for the Maldives
PROLOGUE 03 September 2014
MMA Announces Ran Dhihafaheh CompetitionInvitation to Submit Artwork for a Proposed New Series of Banknotes including a 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Note
06 November 2014MMA Reopens the call for Design Submissions
12 January 2015 Six Submissions are Shortlisted for Presentation
13 January 2015 The Six Shortlisted Submissions are Presented to the Judges
How do we redesign an appreciated classic?
How can we be more than the previous series, a series celebrated for its visual aesthetic and recognised as a design uniquely representative of the Maldives?
We need to go beyond just a visual representation of the country
We need to convey the socio-economic reality of the Maldives; past and present, while also encapsulating the nations drive/goals/aspirations; for the present and the future
We need to provide positive provocation within the locals as well as the world at large through evocative highlighting of cultural, historical and scientific, and perhaps even educational, concepts which are of national significance encapsulated in the design
THE INITIAL CONCEPT
Represent the nation through timeless,
iconic and contextually unique patterns and textures which are
instantly recognisableas Maldivian.
THE BIG IDEA
The Faces Weaves together to form a fabric of the Maldives and the Maldivian way of life.
Our Beginnings The three higher denomination notes focus
on telling the story of our beginnings a callback to where were from.
The three lower denomination notes focus on our drive and how we use the backdrop
of culture, faith and art to navigatetowards success.
The Back While remaining the same in all
denominations; is an acknowledgement of the basic natural building blocks of
Create and convey the story of our
nation; where we come from, who we are and what
While a single colour/texture dominates the
majority of the Banknote a contextual image provides clarity, to those immediately
not familiar with the the main image, and context, why it is significant to the
Maldivian way of life.
THE BACKThe Natural Biological,
Ecological and Geological Building Blocks of the nation, represented in the form of a
Coral Polyp, provides a provokingly powerful
Foundation for the notes with the reverse texture unchanging; the only changes being it taking
on the colour while also incorporating the security
window structure of its corresponding face.
The three higher denomination notes focus on
telling the story of our beginnings a callback
to wherewere from.
Coconut ThatchVital for building and reinforcing our shelter.
Coral (Brain Coral)Vital in the formation and protection of Islands.
Fish (Tuna) Vital form of sustenance.
The three lower denomination notes focus on our drive
and how we use the backdrop of culture,
faith and art to navigate towards
success; both within our communities as
well as globally.
Hull Frame (Vessel)Artistic expression and skill in driving an industry.
Beach and ShorelineUtilisation of natural resources to create wealth.
Limestone Carving (in Mosques/Buildings)Collective faith and foresight shape worldview.
A spot laminated style graphical
representation of the Map of the Maldives
links all the banknotes together, when placed
Front BackTHE CONNECTING
The Commemorative Note is a marked departure
from the rest of the series and is a complete picture
of celebration celebratory elements such
as traditional jewellery, particularly gold to reflect
the 50th Anniversary of Independence, and dress
inspires this texture.
Gold Jewellery and Traditional AttireElements of celebration worthy of a 50th year commemoration.
INCORPORATING THE MODERN
WITH THE TRADITIONAL
The security window and frame, which initially framed the National
Emblem, are reflective of the textures, designs and
unique features of the Maldives.
In addition traditional motifs decorate the edges while also functioning as
THE VISUAL STYLE
While taking things in a different direction we felt it
necessary to also pay homage to the previous
designs after all they are consistently featured in best
of world currencydesign lists.
Thus the incorporation of the sketched/etched look providing a sense of a
AESTHETICSA single colour dominates each denomination the user being able to easily identify the denomination
of each note with a simple glance.
The colours assigned to each banknote will be
determined by the type of texture used on the face.
The key information is
always accessible and there is no confusion as to
what it is.
EXECUTED CONCEPTPresentation Ready Designs
CONCEPT: THE FACEThe face of the MVR 500 note with the Brain Coral Texture as
initially conceptualised and presented to the Judging Committee.
CONCEPT: THE BACKThe back of every note, presented here as the MVR 100 note, as initially conceptualised and presented to the Judging Committee.
By creating an Augmented Reality Application for the major mobile platforms we
can always keep the Banknotes relevant by adding content and updates simple
animations and interactive elements can give the
notes a sense of continuous
18 January 2015 Three Submissions are chosen Parties to work closely with MMA to further develop concepts Best Design Award to be split Note Series and Commemorative Note to be judged, andawarded, separately
INITIAL DESIGN FEEDBACKMMA gives feedback based on their views and those of the judges
THE BACKMMA relays
instructions to reconfigure the Back in line with feedback
from theJudging Panel.
Concern that polyps arent unique to just this ecosystem
Concern the image is too overbearing when compared to others
Concern the image is repeated onevery note
Concern that the placement of the image is lacklustre
Concern the image places a burden of (self) education/learning on the the audience as it is notinstantly recognisable/relatable
ADDITIONAL FEEDBACKMMA emphasises additional qualities
they would ideally like to see represented in
Must be attractive to foreigners as well as public Tourism and the Tourism Industry being a major economic driving force
Must Incorporate a Security Window in each design
Must Incorporate Braille in each design
MVR 1,000 to be introduced
MVR 5 to be retired
Striving to quickly produce designs; work began on an extended concept for the back featuring newly
Feedback from the Marine Research Centre, as well
as their associate organisations, in fact
checking and technical/scientific input greatly
helps us moveforward swiftly.
THE BACK CONCEPT EVOLVES
THE NEW BACK
Based on the input for the Banknotes an extension of the
Foundations of Maldivesis proposed.
In addition to Polyps other elements, and organisms, which form the basis of our ecosystem
is introduced to the Back focus is given, with the assistance of the Marine Research Centre, to
the genesis, balance and mediation in terms of change/impact as to the ecosystem.
It is proposed that this is a unique opportunity to create awareness as to the makeup, and fragility, of
Polyp Attaches itself to a rock on the sea floor, then divides, or buds, into thousands of clones and thus form a reef.
CoccolithophoresOf particular interest to global climate change because as ocean acidity increases, their coccoliths play a role as carbon sinks; removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
DiatomsEstimated to contribute up to 45% of the total oceanic primary production (the synthesis of organic compounds from atmospheric or aqueous carbon dioxide). Almost all life on earth is directly or indirectly reliant on primary production.
HalimedaProduces calcium carbonate and have been found to be the primary reef-building organism of the tropical seas.
ForaminiferaAre sediment producers. Nearly 50% of the modern deep-ocean floor is covered by foraminiferal ooze, which is composed primarily of the empty shells (sediments) of protists that live as plankton in the surface waters of theopen ocean.
Larvae (Fish Larvae)Larva (plural larvae) is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults.
HOLD THE PRESSES
While work is underway to complete the set with the
extended concept incorporated into the designs MMA calls for
We are asked to pursue anoth