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.
I get so annoyed with Americans who make fun of Canadian currency because it’s “Monopoly Money.” What? Our currency is multicoloured, see-through, holographic and almost indestructible! I guess that’s not as cool as being impossible to tell apart, wrinkly, bland and super easy to rip?
These designs are slick as hell, though.
So back on the subject of becoming a forensic anthropologist, this is one of the *extremely rare* times I’ve seen an actual forensic anthropology job opening show up in my inbox. It’s at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and they do a lot of research and present at the AAFS conference every year. Work AND research. This here’s the dream job, y’all.
Look upon it in wonder.
Now look again at those qualifications and skills. You know how many people are D-ABFA? There are 102 people who have been certified the entire history of the organization and that includes the deceased and retired ones. That shit is not easy. But if it were easy, everyone would do it, as they say.
Anyhow, the point is: you want to be a forensic anthropologist? The best advice I have is to read that job description and consider it a checklist. Here is our work set before us. And with that, I leave you to go work on this freaking thesis so maybe I can get one step closer, too.
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
So this girl walks up to another girl and says “Hey, have you heard of the Bechdel Test?”
And the other girl says, “Yeah, my boyfriend was telling me about it the other day!”
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At 4pm PT (7pm ET) today, Discovery News and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will team up to bring you the latest news from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory by the scientists and engineers who drive and care for the Curiosity rover.
Joining DNews’ Trace Dominguez and Ian O’Neill will be:
- Ashwin Vasavada, MSL deputy project scientist (at JPL Mission Control).
- Nagin Cox, MSL tactical uplink lead (JPL Mars Yard). Twitter: @nasa_nagin
- Matt Heverly, MSL rover driver (JPL Mars Yard). Twitter: @Matt_Heverly
- Amy Shira Teitel, space historian and DNews space guest host. Twitter: @astVintageSpace
The Google+ Hangout will also feature live video from the Mars Yard at JPL. We’ll get the low down on Curiosity’s health, the team’s hopes for the future and a look back over it’s biggest discoveries from its first Mars year on the red planet. We will also be taking live questions from our viewers via the G+ event page and on Twitter. Make sure you also keep an eye on @DNews, @NASAJPL and @MarsCuriosity for updates and use the #SpaceOut hashtag if you have any questions for the JPL team.
When we look at how many women are leaders in industries around the globe, the numbers are pretty grim. Ladies are “doin’ it for themselves,” but clearly not enough of us! In this TED talk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tackles “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” in addition to offering how to change it.
WHEN PEOPLE THINK BEING RUDE TO TEACHERS OR PROFESSORS IS FUNNY