Ren Min Bi
People's Republic of China: Currency Design
The Currency of China, while quite beautiful, has various design inconsistencies, as well as it requires an update. I looked at various ways people handle money, and concluded that a vertical format was best, as it is more ergonomical for money counting.
When designing the bills, I researched various textiles, fabrics, and patterns native to China. As a security feature, every denomination has a different set of patterns both large, and very small. Among the patterns, I watermarked different designs of ancient coins, as well as a shadow of the existing portraits.
Existing Chinese currency only feature Mao Zedong’s portrait, but I decided, for variety, as well as a reflection on China’s more open economic policies in the last decade, to use other faces, such as Zhou Enlai (5 yuan), the first premier of China, and Deng XiaoPeng (10 yuan), a leader and an economic reformer who is responsible for most of modern China’s economics and commercial policies.
On the back of the bills are historical and natural landmarks in China, such as West Lake for the 1 Yuan, and the cliffs of Guilin for the 10.
The bills are also in slightly different sizes to aid the visually handicapped.