This is so well done.
Dowling Duncan and redesigning the American Dollar:
Why the size?
We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.
Why a vertical format?
When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.
Why different colors?
It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.
Why these designs?
We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.
$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution
$20 – 20th Century America
$50 – The 50 States of America
$100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.
This is cool.
I can get behind this.
Hollywood is concerned about everyone being in shape. It’s Hollywood. It’s the land of unrealistic everything. They want their dudes buff, their chicks skinny and they want their dogs to talk. How do you think my chihuahua feels when he watches a movie where the dog talks English and saves the world and shit? My dog can barely lick his own ass without falling over, so seeing a talking dog really screws with his self-esteem. But I just tell him, “It’s make believe!”
Some funny writing.
A high-ranking member of the Westboro Baptist Church says Monday’s Oklahoma tornado occurred as a direct result of the state’s basketball team’s support for openly gay NBA player Jason Collins.
The high-ranking member is Fred Phelps, Jr.
What. An. Idiot.
Photo with 3 notes
Thanks to The Mindy Project, I rediscovered M.I.A.
Photo with 11 notes
When faced with months to live, how do you say goodbye? That’s the question posed by 17-year-old cancer victim Zach Sobiech, who wrote a viral hit song, “Clouds,” as his answer. The tune touched the hearts of many, including a slew of celebrities who have filmed their own take on “Clouds” to raise awareness and research funds in Sobiech’s honor.
The idea was spearheaded by “The Office” star Rainn Wilson, who gathered up friends from the worlds of music and acting to pay tribute to Sobiech, who is fighting osteosarcoma—a rare form of bone cancer that is particularly aggressive and deadly.
This touched a nerve. What a beautiful song, and tribute.
“Too many extracurricular activities, Max. Not enough studying.”
I love this movie.
That summer, David decided we should stop doing client work, take some funding, and take Tumblr full-time. I was nervous about the idea, but he knew it was the right thing to do — and since he had been paying me (and the hosting bill) from consulting income and his own savings until then, we’d clearly need some headroom in the budget.
And the man appreciates fine German engineering.
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