Benjamin Bling

Posted inPrint Design Articles

By: Steven Heller | April 28, 2010

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About the recent redesign of U.S. greenbacks, the Departmentof the Treasury states on its website: “To protect your hard-earned money, theU.S. government expects to redesign its currency every seven to 10 years” inlarge part to thwart high-tech counterfeiting. The most noticeable differencein the new designs is the introduction of subtle background colors, like thoseused on current passports, “which makes it more burdensome for potentialcounterfeiters because it adds complexity to the note. The addition of coloralso makes it easier to distinguish between denominations because differentbackground colors are used for each denomination.” The $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes have been introduced (only thebeleaguered buck has been virtually untouched), and last week the new Benjamintook 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?

Thousand dollar bill