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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.

Love these.

Cool Design!


The World of 100 (People)


Every time I work with Prezi I feel both overwhelmed and satisfied. It’s an odd combination. I think I do really good work with this presentation media (You can see what I’m currently working on for the Nanorobotics Group Seminar PAMELA: Exposed if you like.) When I make presentations I spend a lot of time on them to make sure everything flows smoothly, and in an interesting manner, without making people too dizzy. I really like the structure of the software. It doesn’t let you do dumb things like upload pictures of cats as a background, or have a bazillion fonts and colours. Heck, it even has premade themes that are pretty awesome. I like the new customization feature too, so you can ticker with the premade themes or make up something new. Every time I go to make a presentation there seems to be something new available, from premade chart layouts, to frames that can be used to group images and text, to bendy arrows, to cropping tools. It’s all pretty fantastic and useful. I guess I just feel like there’s so much potential to make great presentations, and so many tools to improve presentations that I wish I could use all of them, and learn how to use them all effectively. Hopefully I’ll get there by trying out one or two new ones, each presentation I make. I mean, I am now unafraid of circular frames, I’m an expert on the bracket ones too. I’ve always been fond of arrows, but I’m starting to freehand doodle. My colour pallet is getting slightly more imaginative, my layouts look prettier from the home view, and I’m mastering image manipulation (using paint, ugh) to trick prezi to display things super close up (the trick is to layer a cropped image of the area you want to zoom into over the overall image.)

So in conclusion, Prezi is pretty cool.