It’s been said again and again through the ages: “these rich people are jerks!” The lower-class people often complain about the “rich snobs,” saying that those wealthier than them are holding them back, that the rich don’t share, etc, etc… but is there any validity behind these complaints? It turns out the answer is “yes”… at least according to many recent studies carried out at the University of California at Berkeley. [Read more…]
Dollar bills, y’all. Some people spend them as soon as they get them; some like to collect as many as they can; some smear dog poop on them and watch from their porch as an unsuspecting victim picks them up, but we prefer the people who cut them up for the sake of art. We’ve seen Scott Campbell transform stacks of money into 3d carvings, Chad Person turned them into military weapons, but these incredible collages by Mark Wagner take the cake. By carefully slicing up dollar bills and rearranging them into beautiful scenes of George Washington as an everyday man, he makes a powerful statement in a culture dominated by money and greed. [Read more…]
Did you ever get change back from a vendor and notice that one of your bills has some kind of hilarious drawing or quote written across it? It’s rare that these bills go un-noticed, so what if we used money to spread a message and take back our democracy? StampStampede has come up with a brilliant idea to stamp messages on currency in support of passing a constitutional amendment to Get Money Out of Politics. Each bill printed in the U.S. passes through 875 hands, on average, so if just 1 person stamps one bill per day for 1 year, it could reach 300,000 people, which means it would only take 1,000 to reach the entire U.S. population!
Whether you’re a conservative, liberal, anarchist, libertarian, Tea Party or Occupy supporter, we can all agree on one thing: money has become an all too important factor in the US political scene. Elections are no longer won, but instead bought. Wealthy banks get huge bailouts while the American people lose their homes and jobs. Between lobbyists, super-pacs and special interests, the one thing the government answers to is the almighty dollar. [Read more…]
The idea of a Socially Generative Visualization originated out of a section of the design handbook INFOGRAPHICS. An SGV, as described by authors Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks, is a new direction for data visualization – one which marketers and content consumers alike should take note of – especially as the landscape of content distribution continues to evolve and be affected by socially relevant data. [Read more…]
We’ve seen money collages and sculptures plenty of times, from the politically charged works of Chad Person to the 3D carvings of Scott Campbell. One major thing is different about these works however: these are made from different currencies sourced from countries around the world. The effect is quite striking and beautiful, because unlike the monochromatic U.S. currency used in the aforementioned works, these are multi-colored with designs unfamiliar to many eyes. Through their multi-cultural paper source, these works seem to bring forth a message of unity, collaboration and harmony in the world… and the gracefully composed designs send exactly the same message. [Read more…]
Seriously, who doesn’t want a prepaid card sponsored by the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” Lil’ Wayne, the hip-hop and clothing mogul Russell Simmons, or the internationally acclaimed personal finance expert Suze Orman? With these celebrity endorsements, prepaid cards have become big business – but are they really a solid investment? Most people think all they have to do is put money on the card, spend the money until it’s gone and then refill the card when you get around to it. But we know better than to think it’s really that easy, right? [Read more…]
When I first came across this story, I thought, “how on Earth could that house possibly cost two billion Euros?” But if you look closely, you will see that each 8” x 2” brick is made up of the equivalent of 50,000 shredded Euros! Much like banks will give away whatever money you need to finance a home- for the small price of signing away your soul (AKA interest payments for the rest of your life)- mints will give away billions in decommissioned money if you’re willing to fill out the paperwork. [Read more…]