Banknotes (Graphic design)




  1. a current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively.

    “I counted the money before putting it in my wallet”
    • FORMAL
      sums of money.
      plural nounmoneysplural nounmonies
      “a statement of all moneys paid into and out of the account”
    • the assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth.
      “the college is very short of money”

Ya… But what is Money???

Article:  The History of Money


As you have read the Chines first started to make coins around 770BCE, while they moved into paper currency around 700BC.  The first official currency was made produced by Lydia’s King Alyattes (now part of Turkey) minted what is believed to be the first official currency. From there cheques, credit cards, debit cards, and now Cryptocurrencies… What will be next?

Our Project:

Basically… Design a new Banknote.

Yet, there are a few considerations and criteria to think through, sketches to be made and concepts to be honed and expressed. Oh, I also want you to research contemporary anti-counterfeiting and ‘build’ them into your design.  Yes, you will be dealing with Polymere banknotes such as the new Canadian 10-dollar bill with Viola Desmond on it.

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Our Design Problem: (What you’re going to solve visually, make, and submit)

  • Since we live in Canada, let’s design a new One or Two dollar bill!.  I hope to print your bills out in full color on plastic sheets.  Monochromatic, duotone, full colour, realism, abstract, political, or not all the design choices are up to you.  BUT, you have to choose them and know WHY you are choosing them.



How to frame a banknote