The coinage of the United Kingdom is changing. After almost 40 years The Royal Mint decides to modernize the designs in an innovative and modern way. The new designs have been chosen via an open competition three years ago which attracted some 4,000 entries. The winning designer is 26-year-old Matthew Dent, originally from Bangor who now lives and works in London as a graphic designer.
His idea divides one image over the six coins of the penny to the penny to the fifty pence. Each coin features part of the design and by arranging each coin in a certain way completes the design, much like a jigsaw.
Even though people might be skeptical about this, we appreciate the fact that Matthew didn't loose himself in the enormous context of history and heritage but also brings in the everyday interaction with coins which is sometimes not about their economic value at all.
Matthew says: "I found the idea that members of the public could interact with the coins the most exciting aspect of this concept. It's easy to imagine the coins pushed around a school classroom table or fumbled around with on a bar - being pieced together as a jigsaw and just having fun with them."
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.