Excellent organ of our industry Design Week got in touch with BB Creative Director Matt this week. They wanted to know what his favourite currency design is, in the wake of the recent redesign of the Scottish banknote. His response somehow managed to reference ancient telly curiosity The Adventure Game. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“Bear with me, because this is a bit of an odd one. My favourite ever currency design is the Drogna. This was the currency of choice in a BBC show called The Adventure Game, broadcast for 22 episodes between 1980 and 1986. Design Week’s more… mature readers (and I count myself among your number) may remember it.
The show featured a string of 80s ‘celebs’ stumbling through a series of fiendish puzzles in order to escape the planet Arg, where they were stranded. Still with me? It gets better. The show also featured Moira Stuart playing a dragon in human form, an Australian who only spoke backwards and a bad-tempered aspidistra plant called Uncle played by Kenny Baker.
The Drogna currency took the form of lovely big perspex discs printed with colourful graphic shapes: squares, hexagons and crosses. Its value was determined by multiplying the number of sides of the shape by the position of its colour in the rainbow. Try working that one out at the cashpoint.”
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