Every country in the world is unique and the things that represent them are also unique in their design and purpose. Did you know that your country’s passport was designed with intention? Pretty cool! 

For our August design challenge, we asked students to redesign their country’s passport in a digital format that can be accessed from a mobile device. This could look like a mobile app, a card that’s added to your device’s wallet, a web app, etc.

The top 5 submissions received free passes to (virtually) attend the Festival of UX & Design 🤩

Here are the top submissions for this challenge as determined by the Designlab internal team and community voting…

Winner 🥇

Adan Rodriguez Reyes, UX Academy Foundations Student

August First Place

My digital passport represents the U.S. I wanted to replicate and enhance the overall look and feel to be more modern. I envisioned it as a digital app that people can sign in to view or cary on their phones when they travel.

My approach for this design challenge was to keep it familiar. That was my top priority, so I based the whole design to resemble the physical US passport. Even if someone didn't have one before, they have most likely seen one and know what to expect a passport to have.

The app design revolved around this principle and most of the features were sections from the actual passport, but with more options, since it's now digital. I also decided to keep the overall design simple, since it's a government application but the user could at least choose their own design for the passport e-card from the available photos, to represent the different pages in the physical version.

Runners-Up 🏃‍♀️

Doris Cheng, Kahlo cohort 

August Runner Up 1

E-PASS is a digital passport app for Hong Kong passport holders. Unlike the ordinary passport, E-PASS has the contactless QR code that stores a digital version of the ID photo and all of the data found in the paper passport, such as travel stamps, work/travel visas, vaccination records, TSA pre-check, and global entry, etc. This is a one-stop app for all frequent travelers to make travel easier and more seamless than ever.

Traveling should be enjoyable, regardless of the destination. I wanted this digital passport to be an ultimate one-stop app for all the travelers where they can have all the important documents electronically saved in one space and explore the world worry-free. 

Sam Davidowitz-Neu, Mellier cohort 

August Runner Up 2

My passport is a proposal for the United States of America. It seems that the most common use for a passport is for flying internationally as one can travel from state to state with a Driver's License or State ID. For my digital passport design, I began by thinking about the documents one might need to access while traveling and the order in which they might need them. Next, I came up with several mockups all intended to streamline this process as much as possible. Once I settled on the best mockup, I edited and played with a number of color schemes.

Alex Cude, Bass cohort 

August Runner Up 3

I'm representing the U.S.! How I came up with this design is based off on the purpose of a digital passport: to verify one's country of citizenship. With that in mind, I looked at what information is presented in a passport and kept the design simple. I considered security risks, therefore no other official documents are stored with the app. I also featured a QR button feature on the bottom right corner of the main passport section. This allows user to show their code to allow officials to scan the code and easily verify that the passport is authentic.

I wanted to recreate the U.S. passport with a sense of freshness while still maintaining its original identity in terms of color story, layout, and typography. I felt that an app would serve its purpose best as it can be easily accessible on the go and contained in one place. I had a lot of fun developing this idea and if I had more time I would create a facial recognition screen and a visa scan screen. 

Ashdin Dalal, Dwiggins cohort 

Ashdin Dalal Fifth B

First things first, passports hold sensitive information and should be password protected on a mobile device. After unlocking the app, the passport information is available first for quick access during travel. The sign up / sign in screen enables Face ID and verification through ID.ME to securely prove one's identity. The QR code can be scanned the same as a physical passport would to keep information accurate and updated.

Once logged in, the user is provided with all the required elements of a physical passport including: photo, name, nationality, DOB and signature. There is also a Destinations tab to show previously visited countries and the duration of each. When you View Details, it will show the visa type (if necessary for travel) and the purpose as well as the country's stamp. My goal for this project was to import the necessary elements of a physical passport into a digital version.  

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