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What do you think about the new Dollar designs?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7887points) September 18th, 2010

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Let me know what you think of them. Should they keep the current bills? Or do you like these better?

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TexasDude's avatar


I’ll keep the old ones, thank you.

iamthemob's avatar

The first design – the Dowling Design – is EXACTLY what the dollar needs. The bright and discernibly different colors deal will help those with limited vision (and even color blindness), and the different sizes will assist the blind. Well thought out.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thank you for asking. The U.S. has bigger fish to fry than to spend taxpayer’s money on changing the currency for aesthetic reasons. I’d much rather see us convert to a global monetary system when the time is right.

AmWiser's avatar

What different does it make, the value is not worth the paper its printed on. The world is slowly gravitating toward no money use and in the future any currency use will probably be at a minimal.

muppetish's avatar

I’m positive the majority of my design friends could photoshop something that looks much better. I’m not opposed to changing the look of our currency, but the majority of those proposals looked juvenile—Yuck indeed.

@iamthemob I understand the points you raise, and hadn’t considered them upon first inspection, but I cannot get over how much they look like Monopoly money. They’re the most sleek and sophisticated of the lot shown, but it’s still strange-looking to me.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Hey you guys, the ones I posted aren’t the only ones, there are more here:

iamthemob's avatar

If you look at it from the civil rights of the disabled, and not aesthetics, that’s why it’s important.

—@muppetish – yeah, I totally understand that reaction (I think that it’s trading class for efficiency on the design side myself). But in so many ways, that’s what it SHOULD look like. Monopoly money is colored that way because it makes it a little more immediately apparent what you have in your bank, so that even a child can understand.

iamthemob's avatar

Oooh…I also like how the first version takes into account a quick vertical AND horizontal glimpse of the money. Nice.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@iamthemob The Dowling Design was one of my favorites too.

ucme's avatar

That shit don’t even look like cash. More your common & garden travellers cheques :¬)

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Did anyone bring up what’s wrong with the current dollar bills? I don’t know what’s wrong with it.That’s what I’d like to know.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@iamthemob I’m struggling with the color-blindness argument. The monetary amount is printed on it. If anything, enlarging the size of the numbers or including braille would enhance what already exists for people with an eyesight disability.

jaytkay's avatar

Could you make bills for the blind which wouldn’t mess up counting and vending machines?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@jaytkay Good point. Considering that the vast majority of vending machines are made by only a few companies, it may be a fairly simple matter of changing the technology that reads the bill, it might not be that expensive. Keep in mind, people who have a loss of sight probably don’t use vending machines without the aid of someone who can.

iamthemob's avatar


It’s for quick reference – you don’t have to even look at the numbers in the end.

jaytkay's avatar

people who have a loss of sight probably don’t use vending machines without the aid of someone who can.

I wasn’t thinking of blind people using vending machines, I was thinking vending machines would reject blind-friendly paper money.

Randy's avatar

As long as I can have a bunch of them, I don’t care what they look like. Of course, keeping them is the problem.

But on a serious note, it doesn’t really seem like the time to be spending on something as frivolous as changing the money system.

curlyz's avatar

I’m with @Randy on this one…

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I don’t really like any of them. Out of the 16, I think “America the Beautiful” is the best. The Dowlings would be annoying to carry around since they’re all different sizes.

Seek's avatar

@jaytkay – I was impressed by the one with a barcode on it. (Page 15)

Perhaps a vending machine would have an easier time if the Dowling bills had barcodes that could be scanned to read their values, and blind people would be taken care of.

((I would like to mention I am loving the absence of “In god we trust” on most of the designs))

YARNLADY's avatar

I have no particular opinion, except I would like to see zero reference to religion.

Austinlad's avatar

Anyone who doesn’t like them just isn’t used to it yet. As for me, I only hate how little they’re worth.

Austinlad's avatar

I should have framed my comment as an opinion, thus…

I think_ some people who don’t like the new design may simply need to get used to it. Changes in the design of paper money and coins tend make some people nervous, though not me.

Me, I kinda like the new, bolder design.

jaytkay's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr But the barcodes don’t help the blind., unless they carried scanners. Which is possible but a burden.

I am going to start a new question re: cash for the blind, I’m digressing too much from the subject here.

Seek's avatar

@jaytkay I’m talking about the vending machine problem. Barcodes for the machines, alternate sizes for the blind.

jaytkay's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Doh! I didn’t realize the different size pictures represented different size bills. I thought that was just a pretty layout for display.

The bar codes I think are too small and too easily counterfeited. Cash has multiple anti-counterfeiting measures, and machines can check several. With those little bar codes it’s much easier to breach the machines’ defenses.

bobbinhood's avatar

Frankly, I don’t care what my money looks like. However, their reasoning is pure nonsense. The link said, “Our great ‘rival’, the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign.” For real? If the United States makes its money prettier the entire recession will reverse? Why didn’t we think of this sooner! ...I’m not convinced.

jaytkay's avatar

Dang, I have not made an on-topic comment.

Our money looks cool already. I like the all-green motif. We shouldn’t strive to make ours look like others. Otherwise, the only reason I would change it is to be more counterfeit-resistant and blind-friendly.

Pandora's avatar

I say why do we continue to waste money on stuff that doesn’t need changing. Some of them look like fake money.

delirium's avatar

Vending machines are interested in magnetized ink more than anything else.

iamthemob's avatar

@Pandora – there are reasons.

MeinTeil's avatar

I like the Obama single Dollar design.

Tradition holds that the figure on American currency be a deceased President.

delirium's avatar

@MeinTeil Not funny. Just creepy.

MeinTeil's avatar

Who said anything about funny?

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