I just saw this on designboom and think it's brilliant.
"Tokyo-based designer Mac Funamizu wondered what would happen if we rethought how coins were designed with an infographic perspective. He remarks on the merits and drawbacks of round coins, and while he acknowledges their benefits, he wanted to see if they could be redesigned in a way that was more universally understood. This would benefit travelers and people not accustomed to a specific currency...... each coin (has) an infographic form that corresponds to a pie chart"
Absolutely, there are drawbacks. But Funamizu is sure to point out that he designs concepts on his blog simply to explore new ideas that he knows might not translate perfectly into a real-life market. He invites readers to leave their feedback and even take his idea further- perhaps even into production- if they contact him. He is a working industrial and graphic designer and he designs and posts concepts on his blog for his own enjoyment.
I love that there is someone willing to share their ideas without the expectation of monetary benefit. Some of the projects are copyrighted, but for the most part he invites people to make them happen if they feel inclined. Most people hoard their ideas in fear that someone else will make a profit; why not share them if you have no intention of producing and allow someone else to bring your thoughts to fruition?
And the coins are great. Helvetica, you're a paradigm.