Thursday, September 26, 2013

in the money

Wait. What? I haven't blogged since LAST NOVEMBER?? I have a simple excuse: I had a baby. Our special delivery has made for lots of excitement around our house—especially since we already had a toddler in tow! But all those stories are for another blog...

Have you seen the new $100 bill? Well, I know you haven't physically seen it (since it's not quite in circulation yet) but here's a sneak peek.


The new bill boasts all kinds of changes not the least of which is more color. Along with color, there is also more texture on Ben Franklin's imprint as well as other random places on the bill. As you can see there is a vertical, blue ribbon running up and down the bill; it's three dimensional and placed there for security purposes. Other new additions include the following:

— Text from the Declaration of Independence printed in script next to Benjamin Franklin's portrait.
— A copper-colored ink well in which the ink changes to green when the bill is shifted.
— A gold "100" stamped on the back of the bill to help the visually impaired.
 This has been a long-time coming as these changes have been undergoing many production-related delays. But stay tuned—you could see this new note as early as next month.  _______________________________________________________ Here's the full news story if you're interested

New $100 Bill Has Ink Well, More Color, 3-D

A glitzier, high-tech version of America's $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wallets soon.
Despite years of production-related delays, the updated $100 bill has undergone a major makeover that includes a color-changing ink well, 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.
The new, more expensive C-note is scheduled to enter circulation Oct. 8 and also has a higher calling: It aims to fight back against counterfeiters by using better printers and technology.
The modifications will help people check for fake $100s without going to a bank or using a blacklight, said Michael Lambert, a deputy associate director at the Federal Reserve.
"We try and find security features that can be used at a number of different levels, from more experienced cash handlers ... down to the person on the street who really needs to know the security features so they can protect themselves," Lambert said in an interview Wednesday.
The new $100 bill still bears the image of Franklin, one of America's Founding Fathers. But it adds part of the Declaration of Independence, written in script from Franklin's left shoulder to the right edge of the bill. A quill and an ink well are printed behind the text, and a blue ribbon goes down near the center of the bill.
The ink in the well changes colors from copper to green when the bill is turned. A watermark of Franklin also appears on the right side of the bill when it's held up to light.
The Federal Reserve said in its latest currency budget that it would order 2.5 billion new $100 bills this year. Lambert estimated each new bill costs about 4 cents more to print than the old one, totaling an additional $100 million in costs this year.
The Fed also budgeted about $9.5 million this year for its education program, which includes global outreach efforts about the new note.
The government has redesigned the $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills during the last decade to add security features. The $1 remains the only bill not to get a makeover.
At a federal facility in Fort Worth, 32-bill sheets of money paper are printed, stamped with serial numbers and sliced into individual notes. The notes are sorted into piles 100 deep, banded together and eventually stacked into 4,000-note bricks worth $400,000. Those bricks will be shipped to Federal Reserve banks across the United States for distribution.
A multi-step printing process leaves the bills with their distinctive colors and texture. The process takes place under tight security inside a secluded facility several miles north of downtown Fort Worth. Several checkpoints stand between the facility's gated entrance and the printing floor, where dozens of overhead security cameras watch the process.
Noel Waghorn of Associated Press Television News contributed to this report from Washington.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

personalize it

I happened across a new site with special sales and what to my wondering eyes should appear but one of my first loves: typography! Combined with the personalization....and the idea for Christmas gifts...unique...made in the U.S.A....the list goes on and on. See for yourself:

photos courtesy:

See what I mean?

Check out Jami Clune's blog: Freckled Laundry | DIY vintage chic or if you're like me and your wheels are turning with ideas for gifts, visit the Antique Farm House to purchase some clay tags of your own. But do it soon...I'm not sure how long their deals last and know the individual tags are already sold out.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

much ado about...not much

On Thursday there were a bunch of suits that gathered at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Among those were the Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Vice President of Brand Management Charlotte Jones Anderson, and Xavier Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski (Chair of the Division I NCAA Men's Basketball Committee).

On the agenda: the reveal of the 2014 NCAA Final Four logo.

With it being only the seventh Final Four played in Texas (second in the North Texas region and after a nearly 30 year hiatus), obviously the Big 12 along with close by fans in the Midwest are happy with the news. Said Bobinski: “As we kick off the next 75 years of March Madness, Cowboys Stadium will get to host its first Final Four.”

Yes. I, too, am thrilled with the news of a venue that certainly feels more like home. But that's not what this blog is's about design. Duh. So here it is...the logo.


What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Or are you lukewarm like me? The bevels, embossing, and metallic effects of the 'Final Four' are really quite nice. And that's about all I have to say about that. I was very much looking forward to the unveiling but to say the results were disappointing is an understatement.

courtesy: @Big12Conference [twitter]

I am much more impressed with this photo that @Big12Conference tweeted! Of course, who wouldn't be impressed with a 160 foot video screen?


And for those of you basketball fans out there: you can apply for tickets to the 2014 Men's Final Four through the NCAA's random selection process March 18 - May 31, 2013. Visit for more details.

Cowboys Stadium is also the site for the 2013 South Regional, which takes place March 29 and 31. Tickets to those Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are available by visiting

Friday, November 2, 2012

attention Kansas drivers

Are you heading to the DMV? If so, I wish you short lines, helpful and friendly employees, and a photo that resembles more of you, less of the haunting-form-of-self that you wouldn't recognize even on a bad day.

Even if all the above wishes were to come true, there is yet another thing that would be new to this visit—the overall design of the license itself.

Courtesy Kansas Department of Revenue

Courtesy Kansas Department of Revenue

The new license design boasts numerous security measures which make it even harder for fakes to be produced. According to a news release from Fox 4 News KC, those updates include:        
  • Ultra-violet image of the cardholder’s portrait and date of birth on the back of the card (viewable with UV light)
  • Multi-colored, highly detailed holograms
  • Highly detailed ultra-violet (UV) image of the state flower (viewable with UV light)
  • Two ghost images of the cardholder’s portrait in addition to the conventional photograph
  • Tactile printing that you can feel
You had me at tactile printing!

As mentioned before, Kansas’ driver’s license and ID card design was last changed in 2004; states typically change their designs every four to six years.

"The new Kansas driver’s license card is among the most secure in the country," said Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Dean Reynoldson, who also oversees the department’s Office of Special Investigations, which investigates driver’s license fraud. "The card, combined with a new more secure driver’s license and ID card application process, makes Kansas one of the most difficult states to commit driver’s license or identification card fraud."

One thing hasn't changed—the format for printing cards for drivers who are under 21 years of age. Those licenses will remain in a vertical format so it's easier to tell if the cardholder is of a legal drinking age or not.

the 'under 21' license
Courtesy Kansas Department of Revenue

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

pumpkin type

Freshly Carved Pumpkin Typeface

by Jessica Kuhn for How Magazine Blog

One Kentucky-based advertising and branding agency combined their flair for creativity and love of Halloween to create a typeface carved from pumpkins. Intrinzic, the firm that brought this ghoulish typeface to life, carved each letter and character from slabs of ripe pumpkins, which were gathered from a family farm in the rolling hills of Kentucky.

In a true collaborative fashion, each employee created a letter of the alphabet for what they call Pumpkin Face. Check out the results below!

Read more: Freshly Carved Pumpkin Typeface | HOW Magazine Blog

Thursday, October 18, 2012

looking back

This Dutch windmill in Lawrence, Kansas was photographed between the years of 1890 and 1899.

This is a cyanotype showing the old Dutch windmill, which stood on west Ninth Street in Lawrence, Kansas. Construction on the windmill started July 1, 1863 by A. Plum and G. H. Wilder. Fourteen men were brought from Sweden by Plum to build the windmill. It was destroyed in Quantrill's Raid and rebuilt in 1864.

It was octagon shaped, four stories in height, and the basement had walls of stone six feet thick. The mill had four millstones, two for wheat and two for corn. The capacity of the mill was twenty bushels daily each of flour and meal. With the wind blowing at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour the mill would have eighty horse power. The mill ceased running in July 1885 and a fire destroyed it in 1905.

photo courtesy of  Kansas Historical Society
Item Number: 227455 Call Number: FK2.D4 L.7 *23
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 227455