Paladin

Year
2022
Client
Koenig & Bauer
Project brief
Koenig & Bauer challenged each student to design a new commemorative banknote to serve as one of the main marketing and sales support for Central Banks. It will help promote and sell, during a period of five to ten years, a brand new substrate on which banknotes are printed. They encouraged us to consider printing constraints and security features. We were not required to consider a country or area with our concept topics.

*The project IP was acquired by K&B for further development.
NEW BANKNOTE SUBSTRATE, Paladin
How might
the banknote design theme
highlight
the key value of Paladin?
DESIGN THEME, Seeds of Hope
DESIGN OUTCOME Seeds of Hope
Side A Seed
Side A uses maple seed as the key visual on the banknote.
The dispersal of the maple seed is turned into line art and pattern, used as the background of the banknote.

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SUSI OPTICS Paladin logo
DOUBLE SIDE PRINTING Number and line
AKOYA Seed
Letterpress printing Serial number
Side B Maple tree
Side A uses maple seed as the key visual on the banknote.
The dispersal of the maple seed is turned into line art and pattern, used as the background of the banknote.

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Conductive ink Seed micro-pattern
Tactility Braille cells
Spark flow Seed graphic
Folding the banknote Flying seed
Micro-print Designer signature and infographic
Intaglio printing Maple tree
SUSI FLIP UV
A REAL seed
Paladin contains a real seed. At the end of the banknote life cycle, the government can recall the note and punch out the seed.

DIGITAL INTEGRATION Seed conservation and banknote authentication
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Special thanks to
Instructors: Todd Masilko, Monica Schlaug
ArtCenter sponsorship team