Have a few banknotes handy, whether dollars, euros or whatever? Take a good look at them and chances are you'll be holding something about as well designed as a stamp from the Soviet Union in the Stalin era. Dull. Painfully so. But Norway just proved that this doesn't have to be the case, with it wisely putting out a call for designers to submit fresh looks for a currency that will go into circulation in 2017. The new bills will feature work from design agency The Metric System and architectural firm Snøhetta Design, which came up with a pixellated look that evokes digital currencies such as bitcoin.
The winning combo for the 100 kroner bill is shown below (above is the 1000 kroner bill), followed by some of the more notable submissions from other designers. All of which would be an improvement on the current designs for dollars, euros and the majority of the world's currency. One can hope that this initiative will inspire other countries to be more ambitious the next time a redesign is in order.