Benjamin Bling

About the recent redesign of U.S. greenbacks, the Department
of the Treasury states on its website: “To protect your hard-earned money, the
U.S. government expects to redesign its currency every seven to 10 years” in
large part to thwart high-tech counterfeiting. The most noticeable difference
in the new designs is the introduction of subtle background colors, like those
used on current passports, “which makes it more burdensome for potential
counterfeiters because it adds complexity to the note. The addition of color
also makes it easier to distinguish between denominations because different
background colors are used for each denomination.” The $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes have been introduced (only the
beleaguered buck has been virtually untouched), and last week the new Benjamin
took center stage to mixed reviews. And by the way, do you know who is on the $1000 bill?
Makes one wonder, who designs our currency? Are they anonymous for obvious reasons? And do they get samples for their portfolios?


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.