Banknotes and identity documents through the eyes of UMPRUM students
As part of two-semester assignments, students from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague pondered upon what Czech banknotes and identity documents might look like. The State Printing Works of Securities will issue a series of commemorative banknotes proposed and designed by Tuan Vuong Trong.
June, 24th – December, 18th 2020
Exhibition People and Money, Czech National Bank - Prague, Na příkopě 864/28, 115 03 Prague 1
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (11:45 – 12:30 lunch break)
Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Leading artists of their time usually had the opportunity to design currency. Thanks to the cooperation with the State Printing Works of Securities, the students of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague had the privilege to study and design new banknotes and identity documents during the course of two semesters. The success of the project is confirmed by the release of commemorative banknotes designed by the student Tuan Vuong Trong. These, as well as other designs of banknotes and identity documents created by other young graphic designers, can be seen at the exhibition at the Czech National Bank.
The project was inspired by the celebrations of a century since the founding of Czechoslovakia. After establishing cooperation with the State Printing Works of Securities, students began working on their projects during the winter semester of 2018/2019. The assignment was called "New issue of Czech banknotes".
It consisted of designs for a complete set of six Czech banknotes with denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 crowns. Each series was connected by a uniting theme that emerged from generally easily identifiable symbols of state identity. During the work, students also had to deal with several limitations, technical requirements, and rules associated with their distinctive disciplines.
"This assignment was very complex and students had the opportunity to find out for themselves truly how challenging it was. It combines illustration, typography, and work with security features. It must be designed with the knowledge of printing in mind, which differs significantly from standard printed materials. It was also difficult to develop the iconography so that the banknotes looked uniform, but also so that at first glance they were easily distinguishable, ”explains Radek Sidun, head of the Studio of Type Design and Typography.
The series of designs by student Tuan Vuong Trong attracted the attention of the State Printing Works of Securities so much that it will be gradually published as a collection of commemorative banknotes. Tuan Trong's main theme was based on the period of the last 100 years of Czech design and the iconic objects associated with it, which became famous at home and abroad. These include the ceramic cubist jar Krystal by Pavel Janák, the porcelain Stallions by Jaroslav Ježek, awarded at the 1958 EXPO exhibition in Brussels, or the red inflatable buffalo, designed in the 1970s by Libuše Niklová.
"We truly appreciate the cooperation with the State Printing Works of Securities, Thanks to it, students had the opportunity to challenge themselves, which opened new perspectives on graphic design and at the same time led them to think more deeply about Czech history, symbols and iconography of the state. The project was inspiring for the STC (State Printing Works of Securities) and this fact is evident not only from their issuing of commemorative banknotes, but also that they started another project with our school", as the rector of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Jindřich Vybíral, positively evaluates the cooperation.
The second assignment, in which students cooperated with the State Printing Works of Securities, was "Personal documents of the future". This assignment was based on detailed research of existing documents, taking into account new needs and functions that they should fulfill in the near future. The young graphic designers were not only to modernize but above all to visually unify the entire series of documents, which included identity and driving license, passport, and Vehicle Registration Certificate No. 1. In addition to the appearance of the documents, they also had to deal with a series of protective/ security elements of various levels.
According to students, find out what documents would be ideal and what the top ten banknote series look like. You can see and study all this in the smallest of details at the exhibition Banknotes and identity documents through the eyes of UMPRUM students at the Czech National Bank, Na příkopě 864/28, Prague 1 until the 18th of December 2020.
The exhibition is held under the auspices of ČNB Governor Jiří Rusnok.