Redesigning the Dollar Bill

My favorite project to assign to my graphic design students is an assignment that I came up with in fall 2003: redesign the United States dollar bill, but using another theme or genre. The creative ideas that the students come up with are always surprising and often well-executed. And while I take on the role of design director by helping to bring out the best in their idea and design development, I also enjoy stepping back and allowing their concepts to blossom.
Some of my favorite designs from the three semesters that I have taught this assignment are below (click to enlarge):