Budapest-based creative, illustrator and graphic designer Barbara Bernát has proposed a fictional currency and its banknote design for her MA degree project. The result of the graduate student (on Graphic Design MA course in University of West Hungary) is absolutely breath taking.
Bernát’s “Hungarian Euro” sees one side of each note featuring ornately-illustrated European animals, while the other side shows related species of botanical life.
“I only wanted to keep the essential visual elements of a banknote. I wanted to emphasize the animals and plants — the typography and the security marks are secondary on my notes. I left the the unnecessary security graphic elements behind, to get a clear visual impact”, says Barbara Bernát.
And do note that the artist has actually taken the original proportions of the existing euro in consideration. Which is why, as the denomination increases, the size of each note grows. Furthermore, the animals and their size and status within the natural world represent the growth of value.