This is a story of inspiration design that ties in with national identities. I’ve written before about the design of currency — those little artifacts that embody the design spirit of an entire country, or continent. Occasionally, there is chatter about updating the currency of the United States to shake off the shackles of their 18th century origins and green-and-black colour scheme, and take a left turn into the future.

But today we’re taking a look at the money of New York. Imagine, if you will, that the many different neighborhoods of New York all have their own money. What would the notes look like? That was the question put to students at SVA. The results are pretty inspiring.

There’s a lot of talent out there nipping at [our] heals. Check out the Flickr set for the complete collection. Here are a few that caught my eye.

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Financial District by Michael Katayama

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Meatpacking District by Katie Koch

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Upper East Side by Stephanie Aaron

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Greenwich Village by Evinn Quinn

If you’re interested, New York Magazine ran a study on the “New York Dollar,” and why it’s only worth $0.762. Gothamist, in reference to the circulating topic of New York secession, posted the image of the 1-York note, featuring Woody Allen. Brilliant. (Although I’m sure Teddy Roosevelt, Alexander Hamilton, et al. would probably grace the bills first. Maybe Duke Ellington too.)

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