Awesome artist's description of how he won a design competition
October 6, 2014 4:18 AM   Subscribe

Interested in art, architecture, design, numismatics, software? Then you will be fascinated by Dutch artist Stani's detailed description how he won the competition to design the 2008 commemorative 5 Euro coin themed "Netherlands and architecture". A brilliant insight into the designer's thought process and the technology used to implement his concepts.
posted by kairab (6 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
If anyone fancies having a go at this themselves then the UK is planning to hold a competition to replace the design on the £1 coin.
posted by biffa at 5:40 AM on October 6, 2014

This is delightful. What a terrific mix of math, logic, information presentation and visual beauty.

I keep on forgetting how much information density can actually be packed into metal - the size of the fonts within the Queen's face is tiny!
posted by olya at 8:03 AM on October 6, 2014

Wow, information density is right! Fascinating, thanks for posting!
posted by msbubbaclees at 9:12 AM on October 6, 2014

> Interested in art, architecture, design, numismatics, software?

Wait, you mean some people aren't? Hunh.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:46 AM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

What a cool coin! And I love his ethic:

I would have loved to release the coin under the GPL, which could maybe solve the financial crisis. However for obvious reasons I was not allowed to do that.
posted by carsonb at 11:09 AM on October 6, 2014

Norway has just released the new designs for its banknotes. They have a sea theme but apparently the two sides were designed by different studios and as a result have very different interpretations of the theme. One is heavily pixelated, the other quite traditional.
posted by biffa at 9:40 AM on October 9, 2014

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