The Fingers of One Hand, India

Curator: Peter Bilak
date: January 25, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design
Tags: Anil Sinha, coins, india, Peter Bilak, rupee
In a country of 400 languages and over a dozen writing scripts, it’s important to carefully consider which ones to use. Most Indic scripts have their own numeral system, and numbers can be written in numerous ways. This is where the design of Professor Anil Sinha of the National Institute of Design came into play. In addition to using Arabic-Indic numerals to indicate their denominations, the simple one, two and five rupee coins featured pictures of hands showing the appropriate number of fingers. Unfortunately these coins, which have been in circulation since 2007, are currently being replaced by a new edition, dropping the finger-counting and displaying the new rupee currency symbol ₹.

From the upcoming issue of  Works That Work, a magazine of unexpected creativity.
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Royal Canadian Mint Coins: Gary Taxali

Curator: Darren Booth
date: April 16, 2012
Categories: Illustration, Typography
Tags: Canadian, coins, Darren Booth, Gary Taxali, illustration

Many moons ago while I was in art school I  apprenticed with illustrator Gary Taxali, and I’ve always been grateful to him for taking me under his very experienced wing. Even for someone like myself who’s familiar with Gary and his work, I never expected to see his work appear on coins, but at the same time, I’m not overly surprised. Gary collaborated with The Royal Canadian Mint, and although these are a smallest canvases he's ever worked on, they are by far the most important of his career so far. 

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