Making Cents

December 3, 2009

Students in MFA Interaction Design Department faculty member Jason Santa Maria’s Communicating Design course recently completed a money-making project. But the venture didn’t turn a profit—the assignment was to create local currency specific to more than a dozen Manhattan neighborhoods. Local-news site DNAinfo.com met with the class, which designed ultra-local coins and bills for Alphabet City, Central Park, Chelsea, Chinatown, Columbia University, the Fashion District, the Financial District, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Little Italy, the Meat Packing District, Stuyvesant Town, Times Square, Tribeca, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side. The resulting currencies included Eric St. Onge’s Bisco coins for Chelsea (inspired by the Chelsea Market’s history as a Nabisco factory) and Stephanie Aaron’s Mula (Museums: our Local Asset) bills for the Upper East Side.

Read the article here, and watch DNAinfo’s video about the project:

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