There’s something about saving that bothers even some of the most disciplined people. Many strategies and tools have been developed over the centuries to motivate people to save their hard-earned money, or at least discourage them from using it. Even the venerable piggy bank was made difficult to take out the things you kept. However, this creates a negative attitude towards an obstacle rather than a positive view of the expectation. A simple twist on the coin bank concept can have a more positive psychological effect, such as the excited anticipation of a favorite fruit ripening and eventually falling from the tree at the right time.
Designer: Younghyun Kim
Almost anything can be a container for coins you want to save for a rainy day. A traditional piggy bank can certainly work, but doesn’t have enough impact to make the activity worthwhile. You can only use willpower to save money, but we all know how weak the human soul can be without motivation or psychological support.
A fruit is a coin bank that uses metaphors or signs and symbols to express thoughts and feelings associated with patiently waiting for a fruit to grow. The interpretation is both literal and metaphorical, with coins in silicone pouches bearing the fruits of saving. And when the fruit is ripe, or in this case full, it just collapses and is ready for harvest.
In this case, the purse is magnetically attached to a metal stand that represents the trunk of the money tree. Trays can not only hold fruit, but also hold other things such as clips and small items. One should avoid putting too much in, however, as these items will bounce and be thrown out of the tray as the fruit falls.
Much like many wallets, the fruit is made of silicone and is held near by magnets. In fact, it doesn’t stop anyone from getting bags and coins from their branch. Instead, Fruit uses positive reinforcement to get people to do the right thing instead of challenging them with negative blocks.
Function is a simple metaphor that fits perfectly with an activity that requires patience and persistence to truly reap the benefits. The coin bank’s simple design also requires fewer wasted resources and can even be made from more durable materials. And at the end of the harvest, you can even use it as a wallet in your pocket and just plant another “seed” to replenish your hard-earned cash.