Redesigning The Dollar Bill

Redesigning The Dollar Bill

In an age of virtual currency, some are still attempting to make the one-dollar American bill more aesthetically pleasing and effective.

Daniel Edmundson
  • 19 april 2010

If you’ve traveled abroad, you know that America has some of the most outdated-looking currency–at least, compared to some of its global counterparts. It’s all the same color, same size and almost entirely bill-based, not making much use of the coin for larger financial sums.

Redesigning The Dollar Bill

The Dollar ReDesign Project hopes to remedy that.  The Project is a program lead by creative consultant, Richard P. Smith, that strives to

“bring about change for everyone. We want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy.”

It’s a mostly grassroots effort that collects designs for visual inspiration and execution from designers of all levels of skill and age.

Above and below you’ll find a particularly attractive design system by Michael Tyznik. His explanation goes:

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.”

Redesigning The Dollar Bill

Click here to check out the rest of Tyznik’s design system.

The Dollar ReDesign Project


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