Going Dutch : Holland’s Design Legend Jaap Drupsteen Critiques the Dollar Redesign Competition

Dutch newspaper “Het Financieele Dagblad” ran an in depth feature about our humble competition a few weekends back. The article included a mini history of the Dollar as well as the story behind the bald eagle – apparently Franklin wanted a Turkey (?) – gobble gobble. The article also included some other “fun currency facts” and they even roped in Dutch graphic design legend, Jaap Drupsteen (who was responsible for the design of the last series of Dutch guilders), to give a critique of some of our submissions. Drupsteen says, “the essence of good paper [currency] design is the organization and ordering of the elements that define the bills authenticity, and for the user to also be able to distinguish false from real – if that also results in something that is nice to look at, then you can say it is a good design.” We say “we are not worthy” of such honorable words, especially coming from one of currency designs most distinguished pioneers. Thank you Mr Drupsteen and the kind folks at “Het Financieele Dagblad” for even thinking we were on to something.

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6 thoughts on “Going Dutch : Holland’s Design Legend Jaap Drupsteen Critiques the Dollar Redesign Competition”

  1. If you want to google Jaap Drupsteen – which you should, as the guy has made the most amazing guilder banknote designs – you might want to include the p. :)

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