Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Money, Money, Money!

U.S. money was originally based of the Spanish dollar (coins, and then later switched to paper notes). Today's notes are made with a special blend of linen paper, a variety of dyes and inks that are used for security purposes, and specialized Litho plates. (I love the smell of fresh dollars because I can smell the ink and paper and it reminds me of being in the print room at KU).
There have been several designers who have tackled the project of coming up with ideas of new currency. (The U.S. government of course is not using any of these designs, but is soon to debut a new 100 dollar note). Below are some of my favorite ideas for a new look for our money:
Michael Tyznik

Dowling | Duncan and winnder of the dollar ReDe$ign Project

Ani Ardzivian

AJ Getz

When I find something I like I tend to just grab the image, and I try to mark the original creator, this does not always happen.


  1. The second one is actually unusable because a President has to be dead to appear on money. My favorite is the second from the bottom, reminds me of "Andre the Giant has a Posse"


  2. I don’t think that design contest took into account the actual function of money. They didn't include security features either. But I enjoyed the simplicity, and variation of bill size. It would be great for people who are visually impaired.


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