The US Dollar needs a redesign?

Posted by Jakub

A great practice idea for graphic designers is redesigning the US Dollar, compared to Canada and many European countries I feel we just got screwed a bit, while the detailing in the US dollar is classy I feel like the overall collection from coin to paper is not the best it can be, I don’t think any of the designs above are the answer either. I was thinking would anyone be down to submit redesigns to ISO50 and we can have a contest with giveaways? Let me know below if its a good idea and i’ll get together a submission post.

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Greg says:

September 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

Sounds good, but we should make a rule that Obama or Obama branding can’t be on anything. I mean realistically the sitting president would not be honored on any money.


carlos says:

September 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Great idea! And yeah, some guidelines would definitely be in order (what specifically is getting rebranded? colors, type, content, imagery, etc?). Sounds like a fun project, I’d enjoy doing it!


Roger Griffin says:

September 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Some of these designs are amazing… except for the one depicting OBAMA. Really? I know most artists are bleeding liberals (or socialists), but seriously? And I’m a democrat.

Actually, there should be at least a 20-yr waiting before putting any recent president on U.S. currency.

Both parties and their greed got us into this financial mess.


Eric says:

September 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Im actually surprised that you said the designs weren’t right fit for currency. I actually beg to differ, the idea of larger denominations being a larger size somewhat is a novel idea, and placing things other then presidents, like the Moon landing for example, is actually very progressive.

I don’t have the skills to design one, and if i did it would be way sub-par comparatively, however I would love the opportunity to critique on some designs if possible.


André says:

September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I’m in!

I agree, some of the designs above are OK.

I think one rule SHOULD be to have different sizes for each bill. Many countries do this already for blind people. Think about it: how else could you differentiate between US bills now.

I have an article somewhere about the call to the dollar redesign. I’ll see if I can dig it up. But one major reason is to change sizes of denominations.


Rene says:

September 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I can only suggest of not using too many strong political statements (especially the “progressive” or religious ones). Nature, iconic & historical urban scenes etc. would be a-OK.


Jordi says:

September 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

This would be a great challenge yet great practice. Definitely something i am sure most of my BFA classmates @ Long Beach State would be interested in being a part of. I think its a great idea!


A says:

September 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

As a brit can I just say I love how dollars look. I know this will sound dumb, but its just so American, I love how they’re all the same colour, the designs, its stuff you see in movies and stuff, like yellow cabs or something. So my 2 pence is your money is fine as is


Anonymous says:

September 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I’d certainly exclude “Federal Reserve Note” on the new design as the FED needs to go and be replaced with our own governments reserves. Well, I suppose that’s a whole other story, but worth understanding. Nice concept though.


chris says:

September 26, 2012 at 4:40 am

It does seem strange while im on holiday in the US (from the UK), that all your notes are the same color and the same size, yes is looks cool (nod to ‘A’), but how to blind people tell the difference? What about when its dark, how many times have you handed over a $10 (or a $50!) instead of a $1 and been ripped off at a bar?

Maybe in a new design you guys could do something totally new to solve these kind of problems, rather than copy many other areas of the world and have different colors and sizes?

I look forward to seeing the results