We plan to launch a holiday experiment promoting a local currency, to be called "The Boston Bean." We are currently focused on the 2-sided artwork for a 5 dollar denomination, though in future this would logically be expanded to include coordinated 1, 10 and 20 dollar denominations.
The winning design will clearly communicate that it is a currency, while also communicating something about the nature of our work in building a local economy together -- local food, local energy, vibrant diverse community. (See the Davis Dollar, especially the 5, for a simple example: http://www.davisenterprise.com/medi
We imagine a colorful currency, unlike the monochromatic US dollar. Here's a great source of colorful currencies to look at: http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/in
The name of the currency, The Boston Bean, has possible links to the idea of "beancounters," as well as what was known by Native Americans in Massachusetts as "The Three Sisters" -- squash, corn, and beans, --the trifecta that made agricultural life possible here by providing local, sustainable nutrition for native peoples.
The sponsoring organization is JP NET, the symbol of which can be seen here: http://jptransition.org/about-jp-net/ (seeds arranged in an arrow moving forward together.) The typeface can vary from what is shown, but the name itself and the sunflower arrow should appear somewhere on the currency in a subordinated way. A second logo should also appear somewhere on the face of the currency -- JP "compra aqui", file below.
Some possible taglines to incorporate:
Growing our local economy one bean at a time...Keeping it local makes community stronger....Beans for a Better Boston.....Life is local, and so are Beans....
Here's a general resource on "complementary currencies": http://ccmag.net/sites/ccmag.net/fi