Arist Travist Purrington Redesigned The Dollar, And You'll Want The Result in Your Wallet Right Now

The American dollar notes have long taken a life of its own, making its mark in pop culture, on clothing, in other countries, and as symbols of excess, among other things. People from the farthest flung corners of the world can easily identify its signature green, and the various American presidents' faces that the dollar made familiar to the world. But one American artist made a complete overhaul of the notes — Travis Purrington redesigned the dollar for his Master's thesis in Visual Communication at the Basel School of Design, and they are incredible.

Purrington's dollar designs are sleek, airy and beautiful, decked in a sophisticated color palette. He replaced the presidents with motifs representing science and human innovation — a bucky ball and a skyscraper respectively on either side of the $10 note; a circuit board on one side of the $50 and an astronaut on the other. Instead of "In God We Trust," the banknotes instead bear the words "This Currency Is Upheld By The Integrity Of Its People" — something that peaked my personal interest. In an email, Purrington explained his decision to include the sentence:

The notes are designed in portrait, instead of landscape view, and not only are Purrington's designs aesthetically graceful, the artist said his objective was:

Although created back in 2011 when he was still in school, it has strangely been all over the Internet in recent weeks — partially due a slew of media outlets reporting on it, from The Verge, to Gizmodo, to Wired — and naturally, blowing up on Tumblr. Purrington said he found its recent Internet acclamation "pretty remarkable." Purrington currently lives in Zürich as the Senior Campaign Designer for EF, an International Language Education company.

Purrington also had bigger ideas in mind, in terms of currency design:

While a vast overhaul of the dollar probably won't happen in the foreseeable future, Purrington said that his redesigns weren't quite meant to replace American currency. He told Slate:

Images: Travis Purrington/2014 USD Proposal (8)