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Still think these are the coolest.


Someone should invent lenses that can be popped out and fit into a bunch of different frames. Because these would be so fun but not maybe the best for every job interview or every outfit ever. And you could just get multiple pairs of glasses but they’re expensive and over half of that is the lenses so bah.



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!

Hey! Let’s Redefine Capitalism, Part 1


Hello my name is Hank Green and I am a capitalist. I didn’t start out this way. I come from pretty radical stock (if you call my college-self my stock, which you really shouldn’t.) I used to believe that money was the root of evil. I was wrong about that.

I still hold many socialist values close to my heart. For example, I believe in sharing and cooperation and schools. I believe that advertising is dangerous and bad for the free market. And I also believe that the amorality of corporations could potentially destroy all of the good things in the world.

But nonetheless, I am a capitalist. Money lets value define itself. It creates a market where good products rise to the top and crappy ones disappear. It has allowed for much more rapid mutation of our culture and technology, sometimes too rapid, but other times only just fast enough.

The desire for money (and the freedom that comes with it) pushes people to work hard to create products and services that other people will enjoy. And it’s all self-controlling, with very little need for external inputs.

But there are also things I hate about money. I hate how you need money to make money. I hate how rich people become socially isolated from poor people, and thus become convinced that it’s not extraordinarily immoral to buy a yacht when there are people dying of diarrhea. 

I hate how rich people help rich people who help rich people, and no one gets to have any say beyond that. I hate that the average college student’s parent’s income is three times higher than the average drop-out’s parent’s income. 

I hate how corporations excitedly make themselves slaves to unfeeling stock holders who have no interest in thinking beyond the bottom line. I hate how corporations have many rights but no conscience. I love the people that work at these companies, but I hate that they are encouraged to drive for efficiency and profit at the expense of everything else including innovation, creativity, and community.

And I hate how wealth and power concentrates itself. So that the average person has no opportunity to be involved in this remarkable system beyond abstract mutual funds, CDs, and stock portfolios. Not only does the average person have no path to collect real wealth, they also do not have any say in how these corporations, arguably the most important force in our world, treat their world. 

That’s the thing that I want to change. Continued tomorrow.