11, March 2020

RBS £20 Polymer Banknote

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A collective of design agencies from Scotland’s creative industries scene has played a central role in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s pioneering “The People’s Money” bank notes, with the £20 polymer note released last week being the third installment of the “Fabric of Nature” series that first launched with the £5 note in 2016.  Nile, O Street, Stuco Design and Timorous Beasties are the main agencies to have supported the creative design process for Royal Bank of Scotland, while almost 30 different designers have been involved to date. 

Considered to be pocket size works of art, the notes are full of meaning and part of a family narrative to celebrate the people, achievements and nature of Scotland.  The £20 note released into circulation on Thursday 5th March features the country’s native red squirrel, with the obverse displaying an image of Kate Cranston of Willow Team Room fame who helped to bring about social change in Scotland.

The series concept of the notes has followed a connected story based on the public’s voice gathered from over one thousand conversations with people across the country, includes a range of specifically designed colour palettes, bespoke tweed patterns and typefaces.  Care was taken to create individual stories within each note, including four different tweed patterns created to reflect each note’s denomination colour and poetry to connect the type of landscape element and animals represented.     

Alistair McAuley, director of TB who created the squirrel illustrations: “This unique campaign has allowed us to work with a varied group of designers, makers, poets, writers, historians and zoologists on an idea developed by the people of Scotland which has created not only a monetary token but promotes a valuable cultural exchange both nationally and internationally.”

Photo Credit to De La Rue 2020