Can a passport be more than just a travel document that is secure and highly controlled?
With complex concoction of invisible inks, special fibres, laminated holograms or a cardstock used for passport covers that only comes in the hues of four colours—red, green, blue, and black, can it be designed to impress or to sell your country landscape and scenery other than just having a representation of icons on the cover or montages of national symbols in an 18th-century style?
Perhaps we should take a cue from Norway having their passport designed by Oslo-based Neue Design Studio three years ago. With UV inks and abstracted landscapes to make it stylish and atrractive.
There’s also the Swiss passport designed by Geneva artist Roger Pfund in 2003 where we can find embossed crosses across the cover and the inside spreads resembling stamp design fronted with psychedelic shapes.
Or Finland, making their pages into an flip-book of a walking elk, was released in 2012.
Australia passport. Source: Quora
Or the Australian, with out-lined page number overlaying the outlook of Australian life—fauna, flora, Kangaroos for instance.
Wish you have them too? You can see the gallery of passports, divided by location and colour on Passport Index’s website.