I'm intrigued by the radical design concept for the United States currency notes created by the SF-UK based Dowling Duncan. It's so radical because of how different it is from the current design. This design is meant no only to change and reinforce a positive perception of the American currency is viewed but ultimately to change the perception of how people view the United Stated of America.
Looking at the two notes side by side raises many questions about the relationship between design and the nation state. What is more important the past or the future? What inspires trust, unity and stability? How much of what we believe in as citizens is fabricated vs. grounded in truth and reality? What is the difference between leadership and authority?
I don't suppose there is a simple answer to such questions but maybe you can answer this simple one:
Which would you choose?