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Our Entry for the Indian Currency Symbol Competition

Created by me and my bro





THEME – SPIRITUAL INDIA / DIVINE INDIA


We have approached this project of designing the Indian currency symbol aiming to make it a throwback to our cultural heritage. We believe it is our rich heritage that has seeded the vibrant culture and traditions that have come to characterize our great country. Hence, the focus of our design has been the spiritual and historical past of India. An attempt was made to create a design that is generic to a multitude of religions.

CONCEPT

We believe that any quest for a perfect Indian symbol needs to be undertaken with an introspective visit to our roots. With a reflective eye on detail, we have designed this Indian currency symbol, which tries to incorporate the finer points of our glorious spiritual & cultural traditions. The three most important symbols of Indian history - AUM, SWASTIKA and BINDU, all have been used to add virtue to our own design. With our symbol, we seek to celebrate the magnificent experience that is India.

Note: We have tried to keep the symbol simple enough to be drawn with limited number of line strokes.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOL (graphical representations provided)

A brief description of our symbol is as follows:

· A stylized “I” forms the basic framework of the picture (refer Fig 1.). It stands for the first letter of INDIA.

· The “I” has been modified to introduce the concept of AUM (refer Fig 4.), the most ancient and purest of all Indian symbols. AUM as a symbol transcends a range of religions found across India. It is an exemplification of the secular nature of our country as well as the spiritual ocean of knowledge that has originated here. The meanings for the word are endless. Introducing it into the currency symbol will be the first step towards giving the economy a positive push upwards.

· The BINDU (refer Fig 5.), without which the AUM is incomplete, is regarded as the beginning and the end of all that matters. It will serve as a constant reminder for an objective outlook during uncertain times.

· The BINDU can also be interpreted as “ZERO”; the greatest contribution that India has made to the world of Mathematics without which, economy as we know it would not even be possible.

· Another interpretation of the circle that we aim to capture is that of the ASHOKA CHAKRA. It stands for the ever changing nature of time and how we Indians have acknowledged it and adapted it into our lives. It stands testimony to the growth we have achieved since independence.

· The AUM and the “I” have been combined in a way so as to represent the SWASTIKA (refer Fig 6.). SWASTIKA is another one of India’s ancient symbols. The SWASTIKA is considered to be auspicious and stands for good luck and charm. The positive vibes ingrained in this symbol will set the stage for a productive start.

· We have also made an attempt to design the symbol to resemble the first consonant “Ka” in Hindi - India’s national language.

· Finally, if one was to observe closely, one can also find all the alphabets ”n” & ”r” set inconspicuously in the entire arrangement (This refers to INR. Refer Fig 2 & 3).


We sincerely feel that our design ably captures all the important facets of India in all its glory and we are certain that every Indian will take to this symbol with pride in their hearts and a sense of contentment and delight about where we come from, what we are and what we will be.


NOTE : To draw the symbol by hand, all that needs to be done is to draw a J, strike a wave through it and end with the DOT. It's easy!!!



Guys, PLEASE DO COMMENT,...

21 comments:

Fly, You Fools Comics said...

Stop! Feedback time!

OK, so as a designer:
I'd say a good attempt to mix all those different symbols in one. Good write up also, after all in design, the artwork is only half the story. The rest is selling the artwork.

And as a person who'll have to use this symbol everyday:
HOLY SHIT DUDE WTF! You want me to draw this everytime? By the time I'm done drawing this the value of the Rs would have changed!

Simple = Nice

Dhananjay Shettigar said...

First impressions...Good attempt.
But honestly, the symbol is extremely complicated. Most (if not, all) currency symbols can be drawn with straight and curved lines.
How do you think one can depict the upper line with the small portion cut off at the middle, in terms of a line? Another thing, the symbol looks very similar to a swastika. I know that was one of the stated intentions.
Also, there is a high probability of it being dubbed as the currency symbol of a 'Hindu nation', which even though isnt wrong, but will be regarded as 'politically incorrect'.
Lastly, Hindi is not our national language. In fact, India does not have any national language. We have two Official Languages and they are, Hindi and English.

Maddy said...

My suggestion is that the horizontal line on top can do away with the notch becoz any currency symbol should be easy enough for freehand writing.

Dhananjay Shettigar said...

First impressions...Good attempt.
But honestly, the symbol is extremely complicated. Most (if not, all) currency symbols can be drawn with straight and curved lines.
How do you think one can depict the upper line with the small portion cut off at the middle, in terms of a line?
Another thing, the symbol looks very similar to a swastika. I know that was one of the stated intentions. There is a high probability of it being dubbed as the currency symbol of a 'Hindu nation', which will be regarded as 'politically incorrect'.
Lastly, Hindi is not our national language. In fact, India does not have any national language. We have two Official Languages and they are, Hindi and English.

Anonymous said...

hmmm..hmmm.. At first I thought that I am looking at the Beijing olympics mascot

Good attempt and good write up but I agree with others that the symbol should by simple and easy to use

Nandita Iyer

Surya Ragunaathan said...

Hi!

The others have covered almost all points that I wanted to say.

If I sit to draw it, I make one T-like thing, then add a bindi at the left end of the upper-line, then extend the bottom end of the 'T' to the left, then slit the 'T' horizontally to finish the swastika-like shape... Long process?!

Whereas if I sit to draw a Dollar sign, I make an 'S' and slit it through vertically. (Done in 2 steps). Simpler?!

The best way to do it is to imagine a third standard kid solving a Math problem in his classwork notebook. Will he be able to make the sign easily?

After reading the post though, I feel your thought process has been excellent. There's a clear flow. You just need to implement it better. All in all, a fantastic attempt. Proud of you :))

Cheers!!

Surya Ragunaathan said...
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enchantinganki said...

hi!
Great thought process.
At first,i simply loved the pic and i am more impressed with the write up.
its very interesting and very apt to the theme.
i did not find it a 'aum',i thougt its a cross.
its not difficult to even make or use widely.

though,i agree tat it reflects more of hinduism.

Mandar said...

good attempt dude... but rather i would say that it doesn't look catchy...and i tried to draw it 1s...its not an easy task..and u wudnt want ppl to modify it as to make it easy to write... but hatsoff to reflect so much hinduism in just 3 intersecting lines!!....

The Shmoo said...

Way too complicated! :O
Nice attempt though.. you ought to give it another shot, really!

CruciFire said...

Firstly thanks a million everyone who went thru the post and commented.. now bout the drawing part, seriously tell me how many u have to actually DRAW a currency symbol everyday? once max? our point is - if a symbol is selected to be a nation's currency symbol, it is gonna be PRINTED on pretty much all finance and currency-related materials available in that country. Assuming this gets selected, this will be printed on all the cheques, bank statements, etc etc, so whrs the qn of drawing one by hand? and IF (big IF) at all there is a need to draw by hand, it will barely take 10 secs max, maybe 2-3 secs more than the $ or the Euro sign but cmon, cant u do that just one time?

K.K. said...

Very Very Good attempt, is restricted in capturing only the Hindu elements. Dude,lot of people still use the good old pen and paper to carry out work .

really just 2-3 seconds more than the dollar, very optimistic i must say .

On a lighter note, you might want to add elements of Lira now that it is extinct ....someone has to carry the tradition , Italy or India ....

Akshay Prabhu said...

Dude - Frankly I don't give a damn as to what a nation's currency looks like (although I would like to own enough of the currency). But who cares what I think? Since this about commenting on your entry for the "Indian Currency Symbol" competition, here goes...

Firstly, I tried to look at the currency symbol from many angles and positions to find the "I" that you are talking about (must have tried in more positions than anyone must have tried to have sex in) and I finally saw it. But I don't think to many people would have the time or the interest to search for stuff in a currency symbol unless it catches one's eye at the first glance. Frankly, the symbol (as I look at it directly) looks more like a "J". Even the wave looks like a "J" (too self obsessed with your name haan???)... well unless I am not aware of the fact that the name of our country is "JINDIA" where "J" is silent and invisible.

Secondly, I am no expert to comment on any work of art or "self-proclaimed" work of art but the symbol looks more like a symbol for a CONTRACEPTIVE than for a currency (How about the "I" that many won't see being inspired from "I-Pill" than from "India"?)

CruciFire said...

@kk - thanx man and who r these lot of ppl who do work by hand? think bout it for 5 mins and tell me how many ppl around u, including u have to write down the sign? and how many times in a day?

i dint get the lira connection?!

@akshay - a desperate attempt to be funny but pathetically failed...

Akshay Prabhu said...

Dude...firstly, you asked for a feedback and I happily obliged.

Secondly, on the funny bit, you obviously won't find stuff funny especially when its directed at you. However, I agree that you have been more funny than me since you are calling that fucking piece of two intersecting J's a currency symbol.

Kadambari said...

Personal opinion. The symbol is wholesome, creative and good.

General opinion. While the saffron brigade would be only too happy to get such a representation for currency, India cannot, as such, be branded a Hindu nation. Either a secular symbol or a general one. But yea, like you say, that's all too far fetched right now.

Well done, anyway! :)

CruciFire said...

@aksy - no comments

@Cads - Thanx a lot for the comments, much appreciated :)

mewool said...

Govt.of India , economic affair department ran a competetion to design a symbol for rupee like dollar have $ at its website
http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_eco_affairs/currency_coinage/Comp_Design.pdf


here is my entery to the contest..
My simplest yet worthy “peace of art” for Indian Rupee Symbol link..

http://mewool.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/my-simplest-yet-worthy-peace-of-art-for-indian-rupee-symbol/

ankita said...

hey

dint read all d comments but wondering....why only aum swastik...theese are all hindu signs...what bout muslim religious symbols...sikh,parsi...the cross of catholics

wud a swastik and aum represent the whole of india..when it is known for its diversity....maybe u shuld consider this

CruciFire said...

@mewool - thnx a lot for the links dude..

@ankita - yes i agree... explanations later :)

Da_evil said...

nice effort but at first when i saw it it didnt looks like om or so,
was confused,

i feel you should try something from sanskrit (if you know otherwise we are the same)

i think it should be simple and recognizable at the first time more easy to memorize