Redesigning the Swedish Banknote

The Swedish National Bank had a competition for designers to redesign the Swedish banknote. The Stockholm Design Lab, was among the 46 competitors and was even among the top 8. Unfortunately they did not win, but their design was promising. I really enjoyed their banknote design because of the simplicity and type.

We’ve talked about currency design before but I’m still rather curious if there is a list somewhere out there that can detail all of the finer points that a new design for currency has to be upheld to. View the full PDF for SDL’s design process.

Do you feel this is a fitting redesign of the Swedish banknote?

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nugoose says:

April 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

I prefer the ones you posted, there’s something different about them from all the other banknotes you usually see… And good thing they’re changing them, at the moment they have stupid looking square-ish banknotes


Shelby White says:

April 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

@Olof Thanks for the links. I’m still going to have to say that SDL’s design is much more preferable.

@David that is a good question. It does bring up another thought and that is that I wonder how long until Square is in churches for the offerings…


Gatol says:

June 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

I suggest that you gogloe Ron Wise. He is the webmaster of a website affiliated with the American Numismatic Association. His site has pictures and catalog numbers of a huge collection of banknotes from the beginning of time to tomorrow. He also has quite a number of reputable links to a variety of sites useful to novice collectors. From his site as a starting point, you can surf all day every day finding sites devoted to every aspect of collecting paper money. We’re not as large a community as coin collectors but we’re growing awfully fast and someday soon will eclipse the scrap metal collectors.