Dollar ReDe$ign : Grace Poser : We’re Sorry …

“What if each time we opened our wallets we saw our country’s regrettable mistakes and felt compelled to apologize? These images are not meant to induce feelings of guilt and sadness but instead, feelings of peace and hope that these mistakes will not be repeated in the future. Every bill has unique design elements which reference the various people and cultures we have wronged throughout history. The core idea for the re-design is: Apologies for Forgiveness, Forgiveness for Peace. The quote on the back of the bill is from Nelson Mandela, it reads: ‘For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others’.”

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13 thoughts on “Dollar ReDe$ign : Grace Poser : We’re Sorry …”

  1. I’m not sure a Muslim is out of the question. Ben Franklin is on the $100 and he was an atheist.I think it is entirely inappropriate, however, to have a quote from a South African on USA cash. Not only does this seem like a vaguely disrespectful way of co-opting their culture, but it seems insulting to the many many quotable oppressed Americans.

  2. Dollar Redesign is trying to reinvent the dollar to lift give people a new, optimistic attitude towards out economic future… and he solution is to make currency with all the terrible things America has done in the past. This is dumb

  3. like i’ve said before there is no such thing as a bad (or ‘dumb’) idea – until our proposal actually sees the light of day all suggestions are welcome – every idea adds fuel to the conversation and opens up questions we should think about and discuss

  4. Grace, I think this is an interesting approach, and the bills look great. What I like about these bills is the melting pot aspect that they represent. These could be viewed less as apologies and more as struggles that have been overcome–a symbol of our nation’s promise. The battles of those depicted on these bills serve as a reminder that our nation is better when we move past intolerance. Not all Americans look like the one we see in the mirror.

  5. Yes, that’s the ticket.. The future of the USA — women wearing burkas and the like — right on the one dollar bill. Will women still be allowed to own currency and property then, or will we just be property and currency of exchange…- – – …

  6. wow, how about a little open mindedness. This design is just trying to get americans to think about the wrongs we have committed in the past and how that alienates us now. Is so bad to accept that we, as a nation, have done things we should apologize for? A little humility would do this country some good. Most of these comments prove why this design is needed and successful. Great job Grace!

  7. although I would not use the particular images selected, the graphic design is very clear and open and refresingly avoids clutter

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