Mobile-only bank Starling has launched a new vertical debit card to “reflect the way people use cards today”.
Starling is a digital-only, UK-based bank that was founded in 2014. It provides customers with regular banking services, such as current and business accounts, setting up direct debits, standing orders and payments, viewing transactions and bills, earning interest and connects to payment services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Its new vertical design has been applied to two debit cards, for regular current accounts and business accounts, and has been designed Starling’s in-house art director, Mark Day.
Designed for “intuition”
Starling says the vertical orientation has been chosen for people’s intuition and convenience, in terms of slotting cards into ATMs and card machines, or tapping them on readers for contactless payments.
A colour scheme of teal and navy has been chosen, with teal for the personal account card and navy for business. The teal has been chosen for its “unstated and cool hue”, says Starling, and has been inspired by the plumage of the starling bird. It also aims to reflect Starling’s history as a digital brand, as teal is one of the 16 original colours that was formulated for the internet in 1987.
Day also made the decision to remove the “clutter” from the front of the card, placing the customer name and banking details on the back, with only the bank name and Mastercard logo on the front.
As well as cleaning up the card, this is also a security feature, adds Starling, as it makes it harder for onlookers to copy personal information.
“Just common sense”
Day says: “Great design is about more than just making things look good – it’s about finding a better way of doing things, being responsive to cultural and technological shifts and adapting outdated things to meet emerging needs.
“Our lives are largely lived in portrait now, even down to how we use our phones. A bank card in portrait reflects how we actually use our cards today – it’s intuitive, instinctive, and just common sense.”
Tide introduced vertical cards earlier this year
Starling is not the first digital-only bank to introduce a vertical debit card – in March this year, start-up business bank Tide introduced the format for similar reasons of reflecting today’s trend of viewing things in portrait on mobile. The design also saw the customer’s details hidden on the back of the card for security reasons.
The new Starling cards are being rolled out to new customers this week, and will be sent to existing customers when their old cards expire.