travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars
 
travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars
nov 19, 2014

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

  • Not a prayer in hell getting something so very nice past the recent batch of numbnuts voted into the recent congress.

    Jim

    jimmyXi says:
  • I like these designs, very euro / Swiss style. I doubt if this can fit well into US culture.

    Paolo Bartoli says:
  • Yes, please.

    Stephen says:
  • i doubt were moving past the greenback anytime soon… hell we wont even get rid of the worthless penny!

    ashley says:
  • Simply awesome !!!

    Chusky says:
  • A big step in the right direction… I still reckon Australia’s money the most attractive.

    Pete Collings says:
  • energy and innovation should be put into redesigning of the whole system for the better of society getting rid of the monetary system, technology as robots are taking the next jobs around the corner and they don’t need to get paid, so who’s going to use those nicely designed papers? people out of jobs who don’t have enough to buy whatever those robots are making?
    they look to me as a tribute piece to the 20th century american worker in a museum.

    daich says:
  • These really are beautiful designs, but as an outsider somehow they just don’t appear Amercian to me. Maybe I am too influenced by cliché but somehow far too intricate in a country where everything is seemingly larger than life.

    Milon says:
  • Keep the green ink instead of black on the one side in order to retain the moniker “Greenback”. Green is part of the iconic identity of the US dollar.

    RBuss says:
  • No, please American Dollar´s are green. It has no sense to change something so iconic into cute photos that they re not really clear about what means

    Amanda says:
  • The problem isn’t the way dollars look, it’s the fact that they are not backed by anything of actual value.

    Tom Elliott says:
  • Ha! hey stole some ideas from Norwegian money concepts. 🙂

    Lopar says:
  • Great job, great graphic module

    Kristina says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:

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