Dezeen's Brexit passport design competition, winning proposal by Ian Macfarlane - All images and videos: courtesy of Dezeen.

Brexit passport design competition, winning proposal by Ian Macfarlane – Photos and video: courtesy of Dezeen.

Brexit – Scottish graphic designer Ian Macfarlane has won first prize in Dezeen‘s Brexit passport design competition with a cover that features a transition between the burgundy EU passport and the dark blue of the old, pre-EU British passport. Leading architecture and design magazine Dezeen launched the competition in order to provoke discussion about the UK’s identity after Brexit.


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Current EU British Passport.

Current EU British Passport.

It can be read as representing a smooth transition, a nostalgic return or an ominous darkening.” Says Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus FairsThis makes it a worthy winner, since the brief called for a design that would represent all UK citizens. It is an artistic statement that is ambiguous, powerful, simple and beautiful.”

Dezeen's Brexit passport design competition, winning proposal by Ian Macfarlane - Photo: courtesy of Dezeen.

Ian Macfarlane’s gradient cover starts out at the bottom as the current burgundy EU passport and gradually turns dark blue, representing the old, pre-European Union passport. The visa pages meanwhile are completely blank. Macfarlane described his passport design as an “honest reflection of the pre- and post-referendum spirit of the country and all those involved“.

Dezeen's Brexit passport design competition, winning proposal by Ian Macfarlane - Photo: courtesy of Dezeen.

The winner was chosen from a shortlist of nine designs, which were in turn selected from over 200 entries from 34 countries around the world. The ages of entrants ranged from 12 years old to 83 years old. The shortlisted designs can be seen here.

Judges were all struck by the simple power of the submission, which communicates Brexit in a poetic way” added Marcus Fairs, who chaired a high-profile competition jury.

Brexit Design Passport Competition - Special Projects' iridescent passport design was awarded second place by the judges.

Special Projects’ iridescent passport design was awarded second place by the judges.

In the wake of Brexit, Dezeen engaged British architecture and design community to respond proactively to the upcoming challenges of UK departure from the European Union. “With the triggering of Article 50, the UK will need to replace the existing EU passport,” said Marcus Fairs. “Many people have been calling for a return to the previous dark-blue design. But we feel that a more imaginative passport could help forge a new, forward-looking identity for the nation.”

Brexit Design Passport Competition - Third prize is awarded to Tim Gambell and Alfons Hooikaas for their hyper-local passport design

Brexit Design Passport Competition – Third prize is awarded to Tim Gambell and Alfons Hooikaas for their hyper-local passport design.

All photos; courtesy of Dezeen.

Image by Dezeen.