The original tagline of Bitcoin was Don't Trust, Verify. Trustless technology - blockchain, smart contracts and cryptographic verification - is the cornerstone of cryptocurrency. These technologies will revolutionize processes that should never be left to human bias and error. However, cryptocurrency has underestimated how Humans need trust in order to transact. Above all else, banknote design is the design of trust - it provides the vital missing piece to the cryptocurrency model.
No artist or designer has been more prolific in introducing banknote design to cryptocurrency. Since 2017, Tom Badley has created hundreds of designs that reference crypto and blockchain, and has directly interacted with collectors, charities, the world of NFTs, metaverse, and organizations working to make crypto-enabled cash a reality.
Tom worked in the banknote industry as a designer, starting in 2015. Since 2019, he started Independent Currencies to meet blockchain design demand, and has since been continuously involved in the cryptocurrency and NFT space.
With hundreds of designs and artworks completed, the examples of completed projects and circulating products has grown too numerous to catalogue here. This video is intended as a brief introduction to the world of banknote design in the context of cryptocurrency. All designs by Tom Badley...
What does cryptocurrency say about our changing attitudes to money?
What is banknote design, and is it even important?
How are our values changing, and what is the future of money design?
The Bitcoin Banknote Project, in association with Independent Currencies, will release a book on the subject of banknote design and cryptocurrency. The book will detail of the brief history of banknote design in the context of cryptocurrency, and will include insights into design and the future of money.