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Today’s featured project isn’t new but it was just recently that I stumbled upon it. The project really caught my eye and I thought that you guys would appreciate it as well. The last couple of years there’s been an increase of redesigns of banknotes popping up everywhere on the web. The latest and most popular ones being Snohetta’s redesign of the Norwegian banknotes. But the currency in focus today is the US dollar which have been redesigned by Travis Purrington. Here’s Travis own words about the project, taken from his webpage:

”An updated banknote proposal created for the United States of America within the Master thesis design project “WORTH: The Aesthetics of Global Interest” while attending the Academy of Art and Design / Visual Communication Institute (Basel School of Design) in Switzerland. It was printed for the Diplom Exhibition in 2011 in Basel.

Inspired by the Swiss Franc’s (CHF) ambitious redesign process (the currency is thoroughly redesigned every 20 years by way of contest) The goal was to develop a similar updated iconographic system better representing the advancements and culture within the American society.

This particular series plays on themes of human discovery and endeavors to connect achievement, theory and the fundamental properties of life.

This is of course not a conspiracy to trivialize or shun the great deeds of the past, but to communicate principle rather than effigy permeating through the spirit of industrial, organic and elemental systems.”

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

2014 US Dollar Proposal by Travis Purrington

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  • Ronald de Crom

    These are awesome. Makes me think about the old Dutch banknotes, although those were more colorful. I really despise those Euro-notes.

    • Sérgio Miranda

      If you despise them, you may send them to me! Do you want my address?

  • Luis Spinola

    These are beautiful. However I do think that they work better as graphical works than they do as actually bank notes. They may be a little too minimal. I think there’s something to be said about traditional currency design and don’t think it should all be put aside. A mix of the traditional and modern would be interesting to see.

    • I agree and I don’t see anything that automatically screams United States. They are beautiful works but I think for a countries currency it totally misses.

  • Giovanni Tupanno

    The numeral font is indeed similar to the old dutch banknotes.
    But this is very nice work :O

  • Andres Riquelme

    Wow… a very beautiful work…i want it all…a lot of them! Millions of them!

  • Will Alfonzo

    Simplemente artístico.

  • David Gonzalez (PDR)

    Beautiful – still would’ve wanted a bit more US of A culture fitted into the art.

  • niceonegreg

    Nice work. I would add that the reason Euros are different sizes (not just different lengths) is for accessibility. My daughter is blind and has to rely on people to tell her how much money she has in her hands.