Norwegian travel documents given a minimal makeover

The competition to redesign the passports and ID cards was launched in February by the Norwegian Police Directorate, which wants increased security for travel documents to help prevent identity theft. “Of the submissions for the new Norwegian passports and ID cards, The Norwegian Landscape has been chosen as the best concept,” said the jury’s statement. “The final result, you will first see when the new travel document has been produced.”
The competition follows the selection by   Norway’s central bank of pixellated designs by Snøhetta for the back of the country’s new banknotes – set to go into circulation in 2017. News: Oslo-based Neue Design Studio has won a competition to redesign Norway’s passports and ID cards, a month after graphics by Snøhetta were chosen for the country’s new bank notes. Neue Design Studio’s proposal, based on the theme The Norwegian Landscape, was selected by a jury earlier this month as the winning scheme to overhaul Norway’s travel documents for “the simplicity of the solution”. The light also reveals hidden text written at the bottom of the pages. “The winning entry will now be processed and design expression will have a changed appearance on the basis of technical and safety considerations,” said police inspector John Kristian Thoresen. “It both illustrates the Norwegian identity and makes sure the passport will be viewed as a document of high value.”

Related story: Snøhetta designs visual identity for Oslo’s 2022 Winter Olympics bidInside the passports, double-page spreads are illustrated with minimal images of landscapes from different parts of the country.

Updated: 16.11.2014 — 12:06