Authentic banknote and security document design
The privacy of cryptocurrency is a myth – all transactions are visible. Cash, on the other hand, is truly private. Cryptocurrency in a cash-like form is actual sovereign money with a digital scarcity.
Without banknote printing standards, a paper wallet is easily counterfeited. The highly specialized techniques of banknote design and production are refined to create secure paper.
Cash is familiar and easy to obtain. In contrast, the on-boarding process for cryptocurrency is usually invasive and difficult. Cash-like cryptocurrency fills the gap.
Each currency is its own brand. The design of banknotes are powerful visual touch-points for that brand. New currencies need standout design that reflects their revolutionary potential.
Bitcoin’s humanitarian basis is obvious – sovereign money is a profound first step in self-determination. Cash compliments sovereignty as a private, face-to-face transaction.
Outside of art, paper money is perhaps the world’s most personal yet highly crafted product.
I have first hand experience in EVERY aspect of banknote creation: paper making, plate making, silkscreen, litho printing, intaglio printing, ink mixing, and so on. I also involve myself in both illustration (hand drawn/engraved elements) and the product design of banknotes. This rare combination is usually given to two separate teams. Being able to offer both art and design in one package is simple, cost-effective, and produces a truly bespoke product.
I have pitched projects to Central Banks as well as alternative currency groups, and run educational events for both – I’m a banknote insider who moves between worlds, and can communicate the complex aspects of a project to both veteran central bank members, as well as beginners with no prior knowledge.
I worked in London’s premier antique auction house – Spink – in the company’s Banknote Department. I appraised, catalogued and consigned to auction tens of thousands of rare banknotes, from some of the most celebrated collections. This experience gives me insights into the minds of collectors, which is invaluable for navigating a market that is moving, like coins, towards more projects aimed specifically at collectors.
“Money Is The Mirror Of Humanity”
– Tom Badley
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This portfolio is a selection of Tom Badley’s publicly available banknote projects (it does not include work that is considered a state secret, or falls under a Non Disclosure Agreement).