Editor's Picks for Striking Visual Design

Editor’s Picks for Striking Visual Design

In our Editor’s Picks mini-series, we showcase some of our favourite concepts for Debut payment cards shared by the community.

This card competition is a chance for the community to contribute to Debut and take part in creating something that people will use across New Zealand and while travelling overseas.

We would like to see Debut evoke a sense of fun and simplicity in a format that feels authentic and true to our values of personal empowerment. Designers and innovative-thinkers in our community have come together in this competition and we’re blown away by what they’ve entered.

Dimensional and D-Dash by Jason Wahid

Designer Jason Wahid believes there is great power in community, honesty and humour. A Kiwi-Indian, Jason brings thoughtfulness to the integration of culture in design. His concept for a unique card design representative of New Zealand titled, Dimensional features bold, colourful shapes layered in a tessellation pattern reminiscent of raranga harakeke (flax weaving). Jason likens the symbolism of Māori woven textiles to the strength of a thriving whānau and a united community.

Jason also proposed a second concept titled, D-Dash. This colourful design uses linear shapes to represent a sun rising on a new day. This multi-faceted meaning connects with New Zealand’s geographic location, where it is the first nation to welcome the sun. Simple lines also reflect an effortless journey, representing Debut’s frictionless user-experience design. Both of Jason’s card designs feature a notch to help blind or partially sited people to more easily identify which end to insert in POS or ATM machine.

Go to Dimensional | Vote for Dimensional

Go to D-Dash | Vote for D-Dash

Metal Card by Charles Matthews

Self-proclaimed bank enthusiast, Charles Matthews, has taken notice of metallic cards surfacing with some overseas banks and wants to see them come to New Zealand. Metal cards are often used to denote a sense of luxury and durability. Incidentally, they do offer an alternative to plastic cards and tend to hold up better to wear and tear than traditional cards.

Go to Metal Card | Vote for Metal Card

Personalised by Melanie Suhr

Melanie Suhr is a devoted mother of three. She loves to support her tamariki in their hobbies. and would love nothing more than to be able to put a photo of her beautiful whānau on her Debut card. It’s clear that Melanie is a wonderful and caring mum who sees the beauty in our planet and surely loves Aotearoa. We can definitely see the appeal in wanting to add photos of your favourite things to your cards.

Go to Personalised | Vote for Personalised

Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings by Alida Sadler

Honourable mention in the final edition of our Editor’s Picks series is the stunning and beautiful Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings shared by Alida Sadler. The impressive rock carving presiding just over the surface of Lake Taupō stands 14 feet tall and looks almost as though it is an ancient doorway to a secret lost world. The carving depicts a Māori navigator of the Ngātoroirangi, a tipuna or ancestor of the award-winning artist and internationally recognised waka ama creator, Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell.

Alida Sadler is a photographer who captured our imagination and intrigued us to learn more about the Ngātoroirangi navigator. Alida loves to discover the many beautiful wonders of New Zealand. She captured this gem while on holiday with her two tamariki.

Go to Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings | Vote for Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings

Debut is taking a community-led approach to building a bank. By inviting the public to join us in shaping Debut, we’re confident that Debut will provide a banking experience that more closely reflects what people want and need to save and grow their personal finances.

The concepts above were shared by community members in Debut’s Card Idea Competition. Voting is open until 2 June.

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Please note, Debut is not a registered bank under the Banking (Prudential Supervision) Act. This is about our future intentions. Investments with us are not supervised currently by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.