The Kosovo Passport, is a document a document that was issued on official international standards in July 2008, yet browsing through the pages there is not much to tell design wise. It’s boring and similar to others.
It’s a standard design with the usage of Kosovo’s flag all over the pages and off course it includes security features that makes some areas shine when put under dark light.
However, passports represent the first line of a nations’ branding and looking at the global scene of such creations, the diversity is not present.
Unfortunately, we’re not in a country that cares about design like Norway does. In February of this year, Neue Design Studio won a design competition from Norway’s National Police Directorate.
The competition was looking for both a good, functional design and increased security measures. Inside the passports, double-page spreads are illustrated with minimal images of landscapes from different parts of the country.
The company turned to nature to be inspired, creating multiple-page spreads featuring landscapes from across the country. Security wise, when placed under a UV light, the vistas transform to show images of the Northern Lights (a natural phenomenon caused by electrically charged solar particles hitting the atmosphere that is commonly seen in Norway).Â The light also reveals hidden text written at the bottom of the pages.
The jury that picked Neue’s design described the winning bid in rather formal language: The concept is the competition’s most subtle and stylish solution, and positively separates itself from the competing submissions”. The new passports will be in the hands of the citizens of Norway sometime next year, while happily designers back in Prishtina, Kosovo would love to have the chance and compete to rebrand their passports in such levels.