US Currency Redesigned

For his master’s thesis at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, Travis Purrington re-imagined the dated look of US currency. Passing on the iconic images of past presidents, Purrington drew up an entirely new set of images focusing on science and technology, which have always been so closely linked to America. One side of the new bills feature detailed black-and-white drawings of microscopic building-blocks (think blood cells or a circuit board) while the reverse side offers colorful examples of their grandest manifestations. Wired gets behind Purrington’s design process.