The Ugliest $100 Bill Yet

Ugh. When the hell is U.S. Treasury going to start hiring actual designers to start dictating the look of our money? In the video above you get an interactive tour of the shit-tastic new $100 bill which features a quite fluid, rubbery bill and a background filled with all kinds of horrific lens flares.

I don’t give a damn about a security ribbon or a bell in an inkwell that makes the money harder to counterfeit, nor do I think any other normal person does. I think what we need it something that looks good, seeing as how for the time being it’s a global currency. I think the design should also help those with vision problems be able to tell which bill is which easier. I think it’s even less about aesthetics and more about usability.

It’s kind of like when you have a website designed by a developer. Sure you need the developer to build it, but 99% of the time they have no idea about aesthetics or how to make it more user-friendly. Massive fail U.S. government.

Bobby

29 Comments The Ugliest $100 Bill Yet

  1. phil April 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    oh man.. that really is one ugly bill.
    as it is a global currency it should be safe, but the design would also seem important i guess.

    i can’t wait for our new bills in switzerland (should be this year)
    http://files.newsnetz.ch/bildlegende/19289/100.JPG

  2. LisaMac April 23, 2010 at 3:35 AM

    Gotta agree with you Pinball. Ours is quite lovely.

  3. fede April 23, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    the fact that its rubbery is probably to make it easier to wash cocaine off.

  4. Pete Hindle April 23, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    Hey, give those designers a break! It’s not like the US currency designers got a lot of chance to practice – I bet by the time they get round to redesigning the five dollar bill they’ll know what they are doing.

    Unless they get distracted by the ‘gradient fill’ button. In which case I look forward to spending some rainbowbacks.

  5. pedro freenandes April 23, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    OMFG! You’re all invited to live in Europe

  6. Bob April 23, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Part of the security is counterfeiters won’t want to look at it.

  7. Ryan Stang April 23, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    “shit-tastic”, that about says it.

    Bonus points for more green.

  8. Bianca April 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    I personally would like to to congratulate them on making an awesome movie with a great soundtrack to showcase their wonderful new design. Really is innovative work.

  9. BellBoy April 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    ok, the video is crap and the bill is not a designed beuty. And thank God for that. You all sound like something from Zoolander: What else is there to life besides being really good looking?

    First of all, the dollar bill is not a Nike sneaker or a fixie-bike. It doesn’t need to go perfectly well to your chinos and woodchopper shirts.

    Second of all, “I don’t give a damn about a security ribbon or a bell in an inkwell….” is ridiculous to say as the purpose of the bill is its security, not its looks. It is not just a piece of paper guys.

    Thirdly, it is absolutely not the same as a website. The website is built around usability and a representation of a given product (whether a design blog or a supermarket). The dollar bill does not need to be user-friendly nor should aesthetics be prioritized over its vulnerability for counterfeit.

  10. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon April 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    @BellBoy – I think it’s funny that you think it has to be one or the other, security or looking good. Why can’t it be both? The rest of the world has good looking money, why can’t we? You’re thinking much too narrow.

  11. ian April 23, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    this is the most hysterical waste of money on money i have seen.

    i can’t wait for the feature length tour.

  12. Dr. Oh No April 23, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    But if we were the pick one, it should be security. This is a silly post.

  13. nils April 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    thanks for sharing this.
    it’s amazing to me that the USA hasn’t decided to rethink the design of their money since its inception. whenever i’m in the states i’m always worried i’m going to accidentally leave a $50 bill for a tip instead of a $5 bill (your beer is amazingly inexpensive which makes keeping track of your green bills quite difficult)

  14. Bogart April 23, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Just keep them in my pocket.

  15. Brendan April 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Are they still using paper notes? When will they concede that us Aussies have it right – plastic notes are the way to go.

  16. Ben Carlson April 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Wow seriously when was the last time that you heard of someone (other than bloggers) caring what the design of their money looks like? Not everything in life must be beautiful. I know, that sounds ridiculous, right? But come on now, seriously…

  17. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon April 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    @Ben – Why shouldn’t we care? I should just be okay that things are ugly and not think it should change? Cash is a part of my every day life, so why should I have to stare at these ugly ass bills? Why shouldn’t everything in life beautiful?

    Just because you’re complacent doesn’t mean I need to be.

  18. Chasen Paper April 24, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    As a world standard currency, why not set a world standard in fusing design and cutting edge security together in your currency? Doing so would be a physical demonstration of the U.S’s creativity and security. Two virtues which are valuable currency themselves. The U.S’s money has always been behind in looks and it’s worth is also been in the gutter as well as of late. The fact that the roll out and design of this new bill looks hasty may also signal that we’re also playing a loosing game with counterfeiters as well. No bueno.

  19. Amy Stoddard April 25, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    As with most US Government websites, I agree this new $100 is lacking. Seconded that the Aussie currency is beautiful. Sounds like this would be a good opportunity to hold a contest for the best redesign of US currency. Spell out the criteria with the security features to include and let the best minds in the biz duke it out.

  20. Jantien April 26, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Seeing this, I so miss the Dutch gulden bills:

    http://www.oudevalutasoorten.nl/image/50gulden.jpg

    I know, this might be too colorful for some people, but not for me. Plus, it very hard to say goodbye to the money you grew up with. Since we switched to the euro, we had to make do with this:

    http://www.geokids.eu/geld/euro.jpg

    Yes, still colorful, but the design is boring. But for a lot of other euro-countries, this was already considered pretty wild.

  21. Rob April 26, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    That does kinda remind me of Monopoly money…

    And that video….. it’s like a how-to on forgery!! Pointing out ALL the security features? Why not just make it easier!! ;)

  22. Alex April 26, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Agreed on the note.

    I take issue with the 99% of developers line though. Think you’re cutting web developers short there.

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  24. Ron July 31, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    This money is way too plain. We need many more disparate elements going on to really jazz it up. Why not a large flock of eagles, a drum and fife brigade and a few more pyramids with eyeballs (as long as they don’t delete any of the other purty elements). Cherubs would be nice, too.

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