Cashless Society_Research Publication

fall 2020

Cashless Society is a printed research book about discriminatory financial practices in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. This piece was created for a class from FIT’s Graphic Design program. Throughout this project, I conducted academic research, wrote the contents of the pamphlet, designed each spread, and physically bound the document.

We are living through a transitional time where money is jumping from a physical currency, to digital data. The Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, diverse in age, houses older generations loyal to cash as well as younger generations who strictly pay with plastic. As the push for cashless transactions becomes stronger, roadblocks begin to pop up for small businesses, low income individuals, and elderly populations. The Cashless Society looks at who we leave behind if we prioritize digital payments without making them inclusive.

Instead of traditional binding, the printed material for Cashless Society uses a graphic manila envelope to store loose leaf paper documents. This format leans into the concept of compiled research and implies that the story of financial transactions in Hell’s Kitchen has been documented, organized, filed, and sealed in a manner similar to work completed in official research lab settings.

This project uses a 2 ply method for each printed page. The bottom layer of each spread is printed on thai kozo paper, an absorbent and textured sheet which mimics the feeling of cash. The paper is then topped with a layer of translucent vellum, which helps each layout to appear slightly blurred and soft— a departure from crisp graphics made for screens.

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