Author: Rain Noe
Designer: Andrey Avgust
Date: June 6, 2018
Source: Noe R. (2018) What Would U.S. Money Look Like, Given the Proper Attention of an Industrial Designer?
Coming from Minsk Belarus, a location where a different currency called Belarus Ruble is being used, Industrial designer Andrey Avgust has attempted to redesign the US dollar using Polymer with a portrait orientation.
He has also shockingly taken into account what the potential scenario of counterfeit being made and used through testing the money under black light.
A major takeaway from this reading is the possibility of the original design of the bill having an effect on how the user may value their money. Bills have a notion of being ripped, stinky, and dirty, and this redesign has brought new possibilities for retaining the value of physical bills in this technological world. In the focus section, we have already discussed how there is an inconsistent balance of what defines the money’s worth (weight, size, material), which opens the discussion to maybe making it a consistent measurement. Maybe redesigning a currency that uses materials that would entice users to treat it with care and, although this may be a stretch, making it something valuable to not want users to spend it so easily and keep it in their wallet.