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A Touch of Graphic Design on the Five Dollar Bill

A Touch of Graphic Design on the Five Dollar Bill

by Kelly Richardson
March 20, 2008

In didn't take the graphic design world long to leave its mark on our nation's currency. The redesigning started with the $100, and has found its way to the $20, and $10 dollar bills. The latest bill to get a makeover is the Lincoln $5 dollar bill. The new bill features graphics in purple, as well as new watermarks and security threads in an attempt to confound high tech counterfeiters.

Graphic Design: Raising the Degree of Monetary Security
For Abraham Lincoln, the bill redesign has brought about some much needed improvements. A team of graphic designers from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at the Federal Reserve have commissioned and emblazoned a brand new five dollar bill. The new currency has a variety of enhanced graphics that are designed to foil counterfeiters and high tech copiers alike. With laser imaging and a fashionable palette of hues, the new $5 dollar bill is a wonder of graphic design technology.

  • New Watermarks. There are two watermarks on the redesigned bill. The number "5" has been added next to Lincoln's portrait and the back of the bill contains three smaller "5's" to the left of the portrait.
  • Security Thread. It runs vertically and is located to the right of the newly designed bill. When placed under ultraviolet light, the security thread glows blue.
  • Additional Color. Although color can be copied, the new bill has a light purple tint in the center of the bill that gradually fades to gray near the edges.

Computer Animation: High Tech Art
The redesigning of our nation's currency is a real-life example of how a graphic design degree can allow you to mix technology and art. If you love creating computer images or a desktop printing project, check out a graphic design career.

Here is what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about graphic design careers:

  • Environment. Graphic designers spend their time in modern office environments or high tech computer labs.
  • Outlook. The need for graphic design professionals will grow with the national average through 2016.
  • Education. Most graphic design careers start with a four-year degree program at an accredited school (both campus and online degree programs are available for graphic design).

By earning your graphic design degree, you can turn your love of computers and artistic talents into a rewarding career.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the local education and technology scenes in major cities across the country. His articles appear in a variety of respected educational journals, periodicals, and e-zines.