Monday, May 18, 2009

Dollar ReDe$ign: Michael Tyznik

© Copyright 2009 The ‘Author’. All rights reserved.
These designs are NOT legal tender.
Visit: for more info.

“Here are the main ideas in this design: Money  
and the color green are inextricably intertwined in American culture.  
I think it'd be a mistake to remove green as the primary color.  
Instead, each bill has a brightly-colored holographic strip embedded  
into it which contains the denomination. The width of this strip also  
changes with the denomination. This introduces an element which makes  
each bill extremely easy to identify. There is also braille denoting  
the bills' denomination on the holographic strip.

The idea of presidents being on money is also intrinsic in American  
money, and I don't think that should change. One thing I definitely  
don't want is the government deciding what cultural figures or  
movements are the most important or "American." Instead, I think the  
most important politicians should be on money. For the same reason, I  
put government institutions on the bills, representing each of the  
branches of government.

In addition, I think one of the most important things about America is  
our Bill of Rights. I think it is probably the most important  
information any citizen can have, and for that reason, it is printed  
on the back of the bills. It is sometimes thought the amendments are  
listed in order of importance, so it makes sense to have the first  
ones on the most common bills and the last ones on the less common  

Lastly, I changed the denominations of the bills. I think we need to  
get rid of the penny, because they've gotten to the point that they're  
more expensive to produce than they're worth. Instead, the coins would  
be 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, and $2. The coins can keep their current  
design, and the $2 would be slightly thicker and larger than the $1,  
with a shape similar to the UK 50p coin. I've added a $200 bill  
because the $500 is entirely impractical, but the 200 € banknote is in  
general circulation and I think a $200 could be useful.”

See the full gallery on posterous

Posted via email from Dollar ReDe$ign Project

No comments:

Post a Comment