So why is our dollar bill so darn green, grimmy, germy, and generally ugly-looking?
I took this photo of a painting of a pretty nicely designed (mock) $2 bill.
Red, white, and blue--that's cool.
Distinct, bold, shiny, and clean--now we're talking.
We could have other bills in other color combinations, like Canada does--and it would be befitting to have a nice gold/silver combination for the really big bills.
And how about some modern representation of our republic--our technology, space exploration, medical achievements, advanced manufacturing, military prowess, world philanthropy, etc.
Also, please-please weave in some antimicrobial agents to protect the people from all the sick germs being spread around on these things.
If we already need physical currency and won't accept the transition to credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, and bitcoins, then at least make the dollar bill something to be proud of.
We're so worried about whose picture (and gender--okay, it really is time for a women to be honored) is on or off the bill that we forget what the rest of it actually looks like.
Obsviously with physical money, you need to build in security every which way to Sunday, but it's still a counterfeiting and money laundering nightmare, and we should be focused on cybersecurity where literally our whole financial system (and democracy) is in peril.
Who really needs the physical greenback anymore unless your a bad person doing black market, under the table, shady deals anyway--for the rest of us, it's time to get with digital currency.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)