above: the 100$ bill redesigned by Sean Fermoyle
Make Your Franklin is an online community art project devised by French designers Vincent Desdoigts, Martin Joubert and Etienne Lecorre, that allows anyone to design their own version of the United States 100$ bill. They are asking for you to recreate the money with a symbol of modern society.
All you have to do is download the template (a gigantic jpeg of the C-note) and start designing. Then you can upload your finished Benjamin to their online gallery. They simply ask that it be no larger than 7300 x 3000 pixels and no smaller than 1000 x 411 pixels.
above: bills with popular iconography like Paul Stanley’s KISS make-up and Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, by Molle William and Loic Bel respectively, were amongst the designs submitted
Some people have gone all out and created viable and beautiful alternatives to the paper currency, while others (myself included) just had some fun defacing ol’ Mr. Franklin with icons and imagery reflective of trendy and popular culture (e.g Disney, Mona Lisa, KISS, etc).
Here’s a few of the bill redesigns from their online gallery, selected at the time this post was written. I’m sure many more terrific designs have since been submitted.
First, some seriously beautiful redesigns of the $100 bill:
And some funny money:
A Pink Floyd reference from Thomas Fontaine:
An homage to Darth Vader by Sylvain Weiss:
Agathe Teubner brings the American Eagle to life:
Some colorful currency from Martin Joubert:
Cedric Bariou asks Why So Serious? with his joker version:
Dekker Dryer’s Monopoly Money:
Superhero C-note from Arlam:
Wasted Rita’s take on a song we all know:
Vivien Cormier’s illustrated version:
Fabio Maiorana cleverly gave Ben some time off:
and Cabanes’ toxic money:
Bouton Bleue punks it up:
and a lovely minimal take on it from Burkhardthauke:
My own contribution to the project:
Give it a try or just view the gallery of submitted designs at Make your Franklin.