Michael Bierut and the failure of design school

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Redesigning the US bank note

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Dowling Duncan NORTH Portland

Not every tactile item that we use everyday requires a redesign, but the US bank note may be one of them. What’s nice about this particular redesign project is that Dowling Duncan’s designers took note of how we handle bank notes – “we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally.” So they are addressing usability too..

The folks at the London-based graphic design studio, Dowling Duncan, have submitted a design concept to a competition being run by New York designer Richard Smith. Smith says that he hopes the Dollar ReDe$ign Project will bring about change for everyone and that he ‘wants to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy.’

Below, Dowling Duncan’s designers share their process:
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Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

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In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.