Passport: Know all about Aesthetics and design


We all are familiar with passports. It is a travel document that is issued by a country’s government to its citizens that certifies the nationality and identity of its holders mainly for the purpose of international travel. But have you ever wondered, your passport holds a history as well as the modern design of the passport is quite different from ancient times. The oldest passport still in existence was issued in 1641 which was signed by England’s King Charles I. The first modern style British passports were made available in 1915. They included a photograph and signature and consisted of a single piece of paper that folded out and sat between cardboard covers. Yes! A single page. Isn’t it strange? In antique passport photos, people were seen posing in their gardens or at the seaside, with newspapers and musical instruments. It was in 1920 when several standards were adopted by the League of Nations. Among its standards were pagination, use of at least two languages and a cover bearing the nation’s name at the top, and the word ‘passport’ at the bottom. Most of the world’s passports are in three colors: Red, Green or Blue. It is generally accepted that Blue passports are favoured by New world countries, red refers to a communist past and green often indicates Islamic nations. Within their covers, passports try to display local representation with noteworthy citizens and natural wonders embedded in their pages. For example, Australian passports carry holographic styled images showing Kangaroos. The design features of modern passports are also made considering security issues. The lotus symbol on Indian passports was added as a part of enhanced security features. On Canadian passports, holographic images are embossed in the thin-film laminate. Due to the presence of Optically-variable ink, it changes color under different lighting. Simple document such as a passport has its own history, modern aesthetic design and every country’s passport is unique in its own way.


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