On November 2, 2014 we excerpted a Fast Company article about an American designer who proposed new designs for U.S.
banknotes as part of his thesis. Eric Schena forwarded a new Slate article on the topic. -Editor
Interesting concepts though I suspect that unless we start outsourcing to De La Rue this would not fly at the BEP. Plus the whole "look and
feel" as a counterfeiting deterrent would also rule them out. That said I do like seeing design concepts like this as exercises in currency
The online article has nice, large images of the proposed notes. Check it out. -Editor
Purrington first researched the historical evolution of the U.S. dollar, concluding that the tradition of experimentation and exploration within
U.S. currency history had stagnated in the last 80-plus years. “I simply wanted to introduce the idea that there is still room to grow and innovate
in U.S. culture with currency,” he said.
But is there really a chance that the U.S. would redesign the dollar bill?
“I’m not declaring that this proposal is a suitable replacement for the USD as much as I’m suggesting that one could exist,” he said. “But we
simply don’t know because those gates are closed pretty tightly.” Purrington said that his proposal is not ultramodern—it’s still traditional
paper-based currency. The idea, he said, is “transitional,” and he never considered it realistic. “I’ve taken great liberties with terminology and
design elements that wouldn't survive the bureaucracy or banking structure. It is more relevant to say that this is a conceptual system.”
To read the complete article, see:
What Would a Redesigned
U.S. Dollar Look Like? (www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/11/20/travis_purrington_volunteers
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
DESIGNER PURRINGTON REIMAGINES U.S. PAPER MONEY
Wayne Homren, Editor
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