The Designer Product of the Year From the Federal Government

New $20 bill listed as one of the best new products of the year

Fortune magazine has listed its 25 products of the year for 2003.

Some of these products you might expect. Apple Computer’s new G5 computer made the list for its innovative design and fast speed. There are also a few most readers have never heard of such as a “Napali Kayak” which is the first totally transparent collapsible kayak. It folds up to fit into a backpack.

Unsurprisingly, since the federal government is not in the business of producing new designer items to appeal to the average consumer’s wallet, it isn’t often that a government agency or a government product makes this list.

But this year, for what may be the first time, there is such a product.

The federal winner is the new $20 bill from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Fortune writers like “The subtle peach and blue hues, the ghostly second image of Andrew Jackson, and the Lilliputian yellow 20s drizzled across the back….”

Well-known investor (and perenially one of the richest people in the world) Warren Buffet is quoted: “It’s my favorite artwork. I hope to have a lot of those bills.”

No doubt, most readers would also like to have a lot of these bills–especially around Christmas time.

Congratulations to the folks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for their contribution to the world of consumer designer products!

About the Author

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47