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Very Rare And Interesting Project : China Currency Redesign

Currency Homage Redesign

Problem
ThePeople’s Republic of China (PRC) asked Taylor Peck to redesign the Yuan (元) to modernize their currency to lead them into the twenty first century. With the rise of counterfeiting spreading across the globe, especially within China, the use of security measures must be used to protect the bill while keeping good design. To promote the rich history of the rising superpower, the PRC would like to pull from historical figures, events and buildings. 
Final Solution
The bills for China’s Treasury will utilize art and history by using both a piece of artwork and either a person or object from China’s eventful and prosperous history. In order to present the information and artwork in a clear and in a pleasing manner, the golden ratio of 1.618 to 1 will be employed. Rather than using the bold red and bright yellow, which is often difficult to read, the bill will have a peach-orange background with analogous colors for the text, security measures and pictures. The Terracotta soldier will be used for the bill because the Terracotta Army is often regarded as one of the greatest archeological finds of the twentieth century. On the back of the bill, one of the buildings from the Imperial City in Beijing is used to show how the architecture and history is intertwined in China’s past and future. 

 

 

Currency Critique Redesign

Problem
An underground political party in China asked Taylor Peck to redesign the Yuan (元) to show the people a modern currency that would incite people to want change. In order to make the currency appear legitimate, the use of security measures must be used to make the bill appear realistic. To bring into the discussion the rise of one of the most controversial communist figures, the political party would like to have bold images of Chairman Mao on the bills.

Final Solution
The bills for the political party will incorporate the golden ratio of 1.618 to 1 in order to present the information and artwork in a clear and in a pleasing manner. Instead of a bold red that would anger the readers of the bill or a yellow that would be illegible at far distances, the bill is a peach-orange background with analogous colors for the text, security measures and pictures. Chairman Mao will be used saluting on the bill to rile up the readers of the bill. The text and images on the white strip are holographic to make them especially difficult for counterfeiters to reproduce.

 

 

 

 

Alexandru

Alexandru is the co-owner of TopDesignMag. “If it looks easy, it's hard. If it looks hard, it's impossible. If it looks impossible, it's due tomorrow. At 8 A.M.”