Where better than at the beach you can demonstrate all the advantages of the figure? However, the new fashion on the micro-bikini shocked the whole world.
What say you, ladies, are you ready for such experiments?
Blending vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalist elegance, American designer Travis Purrington offers up a bold new vision for US currency. As part of his design school Master’s thesis, he set out to conceptualize a set of bills that shift the focus from enshrining long-deceased American leaders to highlighting America’s modern scientific, economic, and environmental achievements. Purrington’s concepts feature such landmarks in the country’s history as Chicago’s Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and its pioneering role in space exploration on the fifty-dollar note.
The Basel, Switzerland-based designer accomplishes this emphasis on modern America with an equally modern and adept combination of minimalist aesthetics and vibrant pallete, while still retaining some iconic features of currently circulated bills. Alongside the greater richness and prominence of the featured images influenced by the Swiss Franc, the concepts preserve the Federal Government and Treasure Department seals, the Latin motto, and security features. Though these imaginative pieces certainly capture the eye, Purrington intended them merely as a launchpad for reconsidering the current designs, not as proposed replacements in themselves.
Yesterday we learned that Norway had chosen a new design for its banknotes—a pixelated little number by the architects at Snøhetta. While their design is tasteful and restrained, it can’t possibly live up to the charm of sea life drawn by kids. Which was exactly what one designer proposed.
The competition held by the Norse central bank stipulated that all designers stick to a theme: The sea. And while the winning design is lovely, we’d be remiss if we didn’t honor the genius of some of the runners-up, as Qz pointed out yesterday. Check them out below.
Rønsen’s contribution involved having children redraw the sea life on each side of the note, resulting in masterpieces like these:
Meanwhile, designer Ellen Karin Mæhlum also played on the dual-sided theme by blanketing each note with a piece of sea life on one side, and a formally similar marine tool on the other—from fish hooks to drill bits to lighthouse lenses.
Blæst Design went PoMo, cutting up pieces of more traditional banknote design and turning them into wild rosettes of patterns, colors, and Norwegian symbolism. Look closely, and you’ll see long ship tails, fishing nets, and other details woven into each starburst.
Designers Pati Passero and Christian Messel took the sea brief very literally, lining their notes with moody, wispy drawings of the day’s catch, fishermen, and even a shipping container.