“Britain needs a visual metaphor to honestly reflect the pre– and post–referendum spirit of the country.”

This was a response to a competition launched by influential design and architecture magazine, Dezeen, to design a post Brexit passport for the UK. The competition attracted entries from all over the world and was covered by the international press including The Guardian, Vice Creators, and the BBC.

The submission was awarded first prize by the judges which included Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London; Rohan Silva, founder of Second Home and former government policy adviser; Margaret Calvert, graphic designer; Oliver Wainwright, architecture and design critic for The Guardian; Anita Taylor, dean of Bath School of Art and Design and chair of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design; Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education; Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen.

“Poetic and powerful”

The competition judges described the design as “poetic”, “powerful”, “elegant” and “ambiguous”. Marcus Fairs said the jury were all struck by the simple power of the submission, which communicates Brexit in an ambiguous way. The design was exhibited at the Design Museum and at Clerkenwell Design Week in London along with the other shortlisted entries.

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