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6th IBDC

International Banknote Designers Association

The 6th International Banknote Designers Conference (IBDC) is a dedicated forum for all actors involved in design and design decision-making to learn, exchange knowledge and develop new perspectives.

Since design has a significant impact on all stakeholders in a national cash-cycle, the issues addressed at the 6th IBDC will go far beyond the physical design process and a wide range of design-related issues facing our community today including:

  • The banknote user/user experience
  • Cash cycle evolution & model transformation
  • Cash sustainability and ecology
  • Design value/cost in perspective
  • Feature and Material design/process
  • The Global Payment Marketspace/technology stacks and cash usage

The 6th IBDC will create value for our community by addressing the real issues and providing fresh insights and thought-provoking solutions to make sure your banknote design project is a success – for everyone. During this phase of accelerated change within our community it is more important than ever to future-proof your design project and ensure that your basis for decision-making today, remains valid for tomorrow.

We invite you to join us at the 6th IBDC and discover for yourself what the future holds for banknote design and how design can enable positive change in the way we design banknotes for access and use and our emerging payments ecosystem.


How Banknote Design Can Enable Innovation and Change Where it Matters Most to Make Cash Sustainable

Cash Sustainabilty?

Cash has been under the spotlight for some time now. Improved analytics, data transparency and lifecycle assessments have enabled our community to view banknotes and coins in a different context and attach metrics to their performance in terms of:

  • Cost
  • Ecology
  • Access
  • Efficiency

In this period of payment tool choice, banknote designers and design decision- makers must orientate their resources and activities more than ever towards creating value. Banknotes must offer the public a unique and interesting value-proposition that embraces and amplifies the exclusive attributes and characteristics associated with cash.

But what if design can do even more? Much More?

What if design holds the key to cash cycle transformation and the emergence of new, completely decentralised/distributed cash cycle models where cash is accessed differently, moved differently, and even enters new marketspaces with new use cases.
For several decades we have talked about design innovation and how the design community now has more choice, technology, and support to ensure design project success.

What if we take a different angle or perspective on design and explore how it could assume the critical role becoming the enabler of innovation that is ultimately required to ensure future sustainability of cash in the rapidly emerging and changing payments ecosystem?

The designers challenge is to go far beyond treating a banknote as a piece of graphical art and to consider all the dimensions and ecosystems in which it will be used – how it will be distributed, accessed, exchanged, recycled and how these processes ultimately impact cost, ecology, choice and sustainability.

This approach, frequently referred to as, ‘Design Thinking’, considers the needs and expectations of all stakeholders who actively participate in how the product is used throughout its entire lifecycle. It views the product (i.e. banknote) as an extension of ecosystem requirements and as the ecosystem changes and evolves, so too must the product. The big difference today is that the rate of accelerated change in the payments ecosystem is also forcing us to rethink more proactively how banknotes can be part of the change process and support/enable the innovation required to secure a sustainable model for banknote design, production, distribution, access and use.

So to successfully execute a new design project today and create value for all tomorrow, one must understand what is changing and why and rethink the very essence of banknote design as an agent, facilitator and enabler of change.

The 6th IBDC is dedicated to this highly important topic through a series of expert presentations, panel discussions and informal exchanges. Our goal is to enrich your knowledge on the subject of ‘design as an enabler of innovation and ensure that you return to your workplace with a new set of skills, competencies and perspectives on how design can play concrete role in making cash sustainable.

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