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Badminton 50p Coin Design

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Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
My name is Emma Kelly, I come from London and I designed the Badminton coin.

What got you interested in the competition?
I decided to enter the competition, I happened by accident to see a Design Week advertisement of it. I’ve always been very keen on the Olympics and any connection with that was useful, and I thought it would be a very good thing to design for

Why did you choose Badminton for your design?
I choose Badminton as I knew I would enjoy drawing the shuttlecock, I then wanted to add people and the human element into the space and give those people a sense of dynamism and giving and showing people a game.

What was the inspiration behind your idea?
I tackled this project by doing what I normally do as an illustrator for a commission; I research for images, for shapes appropriate on the internet and then went off to a local sports shop and bought a feathered shuttlecock.

How does it feel to know your coin is going to be in the pockets of millions of people for years to come?
I’m very proud to know that my coin is going to be in general circulation, also very pleased that it will be linked to the Olympic Games of which I’m very, very fond of and I’m very pleased that a design of mine is going to be used day to day in a very human context.