The Money Maker

Dutch designer Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar – or Ootje as he’s known – created possibly the most beautiful money ever printed

Ootje Oxenaar is, at 76, still teaching in the graphic design department of the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands he attended the city’s Royal Academy of Art and then, from 1966 until 1985, worked for the Nederlandsche Bank on a series of new banknotes. It was here that he designed what came to be his most famous project and, in terms of currency design, what many consider to be the most beautiful money in the world.

CR spoke to Ootje about his work, how he added personal elements to approved designs and how it feels to have your artwork seen and used by millions, everyday, for over 30 years.

This article originally appeared online on CR Blog. Read it and the ensuing discussion here

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