travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars

travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars


travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars
all images courtesy of travis purrington

 

 

 

united states banknotes are often criticized for their inability to be differentiated by size, security inadequacies and overall dated appearance. in an effort to revitalize america’s paper money and address these aesthetic and iconographic issues, graphic designer travis purrington has proposed an updated monetary system where — rather than historical faces from the past — the country’s technological and environmental feats are emphasized.

 

the series of bills play on themes of human discovery, endeavors and the beauty of both the U.S’ natural and built resources, connecting human achievement to the fundamental properties of life. ‘this is of course not a conspiracy to trivialize or shun the great deeds of the past’, elaborates purrington, ‘but to communicate principle rather than effigy permeating through the spirit of industrial, organic and elemental systems.’

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
the front of each note, arranged from 5 to 100, displays a black and white background and colored numeral

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
the five dollar note is a credit to the skill of the american worker

travis purrington banknotes introduce radical redesign for the US
the 10 dollar note is a credit to the structure of the american worker

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
the 20 dollar note is a credit to the life of the american worker

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
the 50 dollar bill is a credit to the innovation of the american worker

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
the 100 dollar note is a credit to the nature of the american worker

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
front of bill designs

travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US
iconography drawn from the existing bill
travis purrington dollars introduce radical redesign for the US 
diagram showing the existing bill’s reimagination through line, color and size

  • These are awesome, but, I don’t see In God We Trust anywhere on them, and I don’t think we should remove that.

    Provi
    Mar 05, 2016
  • I love them. It would be cool if one of them had maybe a picture of a native american/indian chief or something on it, and one could have a founding father (tradition). Also like someone said before, add a slight green tinge to the gray, you know, for tradition.

    AJ
    Jan 24, 2016
  • Yeh not bad, perhaps in 50yrs time, in polymer & not exceeding 100 – oh & could you send them to me in bundles of all the denominations – would be happily received.

    michael
    Jun 24, 2015
  • Amazing. I love every aspect except the ugly modern building on the $10bill. That being said, I could stomach it because the rest just looks so good.

    Geoff
    Mar 25, 2015
  • Great job, great graphic module

    Kristina
    Mar 04, 2015
  • Ha! hey stole some ideas from Norwegian money concepts. 🙂

    Lopar
    Feb 23, 2015
  • The problem isn’t the way dollars look, it’s the fact that they are not backed by anything of actual value.

    Tom Elliott
    Dec 05, 2014
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