No, this is not a post about the U.S. presidential campaign. Rather, about the seemingly lost art of engraving. Yup, the same engraving used to make maps of yesteryear and still used (or under used) when coining and printing modern currency. Hip as the new quarters make the mint, they are still inferior works of art. When given a canvas of metal, treat it like metal and not plastic!
Reprinted from Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Original post. Thanks Peter!
Above, the new face of British currency, announced by the Royal Mint. The striking new designs, selected from an open competition that attracted four thousand entries, are the work of a 26-year old graphic designer named Matthew Dent. They are Mr. Dent’s first foray into currency design.
Below, the new five dollar bill, introduced last month by the United States Department of the Treasury. The new design, which features a big purple Helvetica five, is the work of a 147-year-old government agency called the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It employs 2,500 people, and has an annual budget of $525,000,000. —JH