It’s a pretty sloppy redesign - gone is the stately-but-highly-counterfeitable old design, replaced instead by a high-tech, security-rich successor. This press release says that the new bill draws on more than a decade of anti-counterfeit research. I’m wondering how much input the Obama administration had on the final design selection, though. The new bill seems to me like a callback to George W. Bush thinking - blatant security apparatus supplanting visual order/pleasantness.
Some of my world-class photog skills on display in this article. All the press kits at auto shows are on jump drives now, which is actually pretty great - much easier to carry around, and you’ve got all the high-res images and press releases in one spot. I decided to do a typological assessment of the jump drives. The result? An article with all the comedic incisiveness of a contemporary Jay Leno monologue. Enjoy!
This is from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Eric and I wrote this one together, and I think our desperation - to leave Detroit, to find something hopeful to report, to express how miserable we were at that moment - shines through nicely. My favorite piece from the trip.