Good Deed
Project Brief
Project timeline
Sep - Dec 2019
Project Type
Sponsored by KBA
Graphic design
Jiacheng Yang

Georgia Siapno
My Contribution
Visual System
Service Design
Interface Design
Interaction Design
3D Visualization
Next Generation Currency Concept.
KBA NotaSys is involved in more than 95% of the world’s banknote design and production. In the Winter of 2019 they sponsored a class with ArtCenter to see how current students would push the future of print currency. (I got this nice text from the amazing Chase Morrision) Good Deed is a currency concept that involves user into global scientific research. Good Deed includes 6 sets of banknotes design and a mobile app that works with the banknotes. We want to create a design that functions great, looks cool and feels good. Good deed is the everyday gateway to move human forward a bit, together.
02 Challenges
Collect more than just the banknotes.
How to give value to the act of collecting cash?
How to make it easy and pleasant to carry cash?
How to get people wanting to collect cash?
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Scientists need help.
Accelerate research with no investment of time* or money. When you become a GoodDeed Volunteer, you donate your device’s spare computing power to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in areas such as health and sustainability.
Functions great,
looks cool,
feels good.
Good Deed is designed to be first of all, functions great as a physical banknotes with improvements on usability. The banknotes also look great with colorful design and cool materials. With the Good Deed app, you can also participate distributed computing to contribute to global scientific research. The distributed computing part is a nice thing you can do as a volunteer, not using it does not affect the functionality of the bill at all🤓.
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How does it work?
With the App, simply put the banknote on top of the screen, the user can initiate the scanning process to start participating a research. During the contribution process, a percentage of the computing power on your phone will be used to help accelerating the overall calculation.
02 Challenges
Improvements of banknote usability.
How to give value to the act of collecting cash?
How to make it easy and pleasant to carry cash?
How to get people wanting to collect cash?
Key findings from our research
- How do we get someone to carry around cash without the nuisance of carrying cash?
- How do we get someone to pay without the anxiety of paying with cash?
- We don't want to make our pockets bigger, or design a wallet.
- We want to rethink the physical design of the banknote and how it will live in our pockets.
Usability improvement - Folding
The first step of making the banknotes easier to use and carry around is to improve how the notes folds. Good Deed Cash is made with polymer to be easily foldable. The design on the note also present the denomination however you fold it so you can recognize how much you got in a glance.
Usability improvement - Stacking
When we stack bills, it is hard to unstack them. We incorporated materials with more friction withing the arch to help the user unstack and count. We also included graphic marks at the cornder to help user identify the denomination without fully unstack the banknotes.
Usability improvement - Counting
With material separations to help user identify different bill from tactile feedback and visual design to rapidly separate bills. Good Deed Cash makes counting very fast and easy.
02 Challenges
Make cool banknotes.
How to give value to the act of collecting cash?
How to make it easy and pleasant to carry cash?
How to get people wanting to collect cash?
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Scientist: Rosalind Franklin
She was a brilliant chemist and a master of X-ray crystallography, an imaging technique that reveals the molecular structure of matter based on the pattern of scattered X-ray beams.
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Image: DNA double helix structure
Rosalind Franklin's early research into the microstructures of carbon and graphite are still cited, but her work with DNA was the most significant — and it may have won three men a Nobel.
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Scientist: Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.
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Image: James Webb Space Telescope
Built upon Stephen's theory and curiosity for the space, The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror launching 2021.
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Scientist: Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.
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Image: MUON G-2
Built upon Nikola's research on magnetic and electricity. Muon g-2 use Fermilab's powerful accelerators to explore the interactions of short-lived particles known as muons with a strong magnetic field in "empty" space.
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Scientist: Marie Curie
Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.
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Image: Z Pulsed Power Facility
Built on the research of radioactivity. Sandia’s Z machine is the world's most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source. The Z machine creates conditions found nowhere else on Earth.
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Scientist: Ada Lovelace
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.
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Image: Intel 4004 Chip
Built on Ada's contribution in computer theory. The Intel 4004 is a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU) released by Intel Corporation in 1971. It was the first commercially available microprocessor, and the first in a long line of Intel CPUs.
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Scientist: Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.
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Image: DNA helix structure
Built on Einstein's theory in physics. The Joint European Torus, or JET, is the world's largest operational magnetically confined plasma physics experiment, located at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, UK..
Do Good Deed :)
Our project was well preserved by KBA after 14 weeks of development. KBA NotaSys decided to purchase the Good Deed intellectual property for further development.
Me and Georgia had tons of fun working together on this project and it is honestly my favorite course exeperice during ArtCenter.
Final presentation
We built a virtual bill demo that responds to phone rotate to show the virtual materials of the bank note.
Behind the scenes...
To learn from 0 and start designing in a complete new area, we did tons of tests and researches. From design, to 3D Prototype to material science...If you are curious of more how this concept is created, shoot me a email or text me on LinkedIn.