Sunday, October 24, 2010

Going Dutch : Holland's Design Legend Jaap Drusteen Critics the Dollar Redesign Competition

Dutch newspaper "Het Financieele Dagblad" ran an in depth feature about our humble competition a few weekends back. The article included a mini history of the Dollar as well as the story behind the bald eagle – apparently Franklin wanted a Turkey (?) – gobble gobble. The article also included some other "fun currency facts" and they even roped in Dutch graphic design legend, Jaap Drusteen (who was responsible for the design of the last series of Dutch guilders), to give a critic of some of our submissions. Drusteen says, "the essence of good paper [currency] design is the organization and ordering of the elements that define the bills authenticity, and for the user to also be able to distinguish false from real – if that also results in something that is nice to look at, then you can say it is a good design." We say "we are not worthy" of such honorable words, especially coming from one of currency designs most distinguished pioneers. Thank you Mr Drusteen and the kind folks at "Het Financieele Dagblad" for even thinking we were on to something.

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