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Six passports that should win design awards
adobo magazine, January 23, 2015 | 11:56am

GLOBAL –  These are the passports we wish we had, not for the unrestricted travel privileges, but because they’re just SO PRETTY. Clearly, our “dark maroon” e-passports have a LOT of catching up to do.

Norway 

Designed by Norwegian agency, Neue Design Studio, the passport features stark but stunning covers give way to minimalist renderings of the country’s natural landscapes – including the famous Northern Lights, which only appear when the passport is placed under a UV light.

Photos from http://www.neue.no/ 

Canada

Much like Norway’s, Canada’s passport goes from plain to party with the help of a blacklight, with the country’s landmarks coming alive with secret fireworks, shooting stars, and glowing lights.

Photo from chachichachichicken on imgur 

Finland

While it looks like a normal passport on the outside, the inside pages offer a surprise: an elk that starts galloping when one flips the pages.

 

 

Australia

While decidedly much simpler than the other passports on this list, Australia’s passport includes a kangaroo and a platypus – which rank right up next to blacklight psychedelia and a running elk in terms of cool factor.

Photo from James Offer on quora.com.

Switzerland

Taking inspiration from the country’s flag – easily one of the most recognizable ones in the world – the Swiss passport’s bright red cover is embossed with its iconic Swiss cross, which also appears below the label. 

Photo from Wikipedia.

Dominica

The passport’s inside pages are a Carribean dream: silhouettes of dolphins, butterflies, and palm fronds in colorful but muted hues that are made even prettier when pressed with different passport stamps.

Photo from Karl Muth on quora.com 

Bonus: New Zealand’s passport stamp

Okay, so it’s not exactly a passport (and maybe that’s the best thing about it, because it means we all have a shot at getting it!) but New Zealand’s passport stamp, developed by Whybin\TBWA Auckland for Tourism New Zealand, deserves special mention because it brings a fantasy alive as it reads "Welcome to Middle Earth."

 

Middle Earth Passport Stamp from somesites.co.nz on Vimeo.

Six passports that should win design awards

GLOBAL –  These are the passports we wish we had, not for the unrestricted travel privileges, but because they’re just SO PRETTY. Clearly, our “dark maroon” e-passports have a LOT of catching up to do.

Norway 

Designed by Norwegian agency, Neue Design Studio, the passport features stark but stunning covers give way to minimalist renderings of the country’s natural landscapes – including the famous Northern Lights, which only appear when the passport is placed under a UV light.

Photos from http://www.neue.no/ 

Canada

Much like Norway’s, Canada’s passport goes from plain to party with the help of a blacklight, with the country’s landmarks coming alive with secret fireworks, shooting stars, and glowing lights.

Photo from chachichachichicken on imgur 

Finland

While it looks like a normal passport on the outside, the inside pages offer a surprise: an elk that starts galloping when one flips the pages.

 

 

Australia

While decidedly much simpler than the other passports on this list, Australia’s passport includes a kangaroo and a platypus – which rank right up next to blacklight psychedelia and a running elk in terms of cool factor.

Photo from James Offer on quora.com.

Switzerland

Taking inspiration from the country’s flag – easily one of the most recognizable ones in the world – the Swiss passport’s bright red cover is embossed with its iconic Swiss cross, which also appears below the label. 

Photo from Wikipedia.

Dominica

The passport’s inside pages are a Carribean dream: silhouettes of dolphins, butterflies, and palm fronds in colorful but muted hues that are made even prettier when pressed with different passport stamps.

Photo from Karl Muth on quora.com 

Bonus: New Zealand’s passport stamp

Okay, so it’s not exactly a passport (and maybe that’s the best thing about it, because it means we all have a shot at getting it!) but New Zealand’s passport stamp, developed by Whybin\TBWA Auckland for Tourism New Zealand, deserves special mention because it brings a fantasy alive as it reads "Welcome to Middle Earth."

 

Middle Earth Passport Stamp from somesites.co.nz on Vimeo.