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(Slate)   True brilliance in license plate design is now a lost art, A55 RGY notwithstanding   (slate.com ) divider line 119
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2014-06-28 12:24:00 AM  
You don't even have to go that far back with Washington license plates to see how subtle changes in font make updated plates blander.

Old:
www.15q.net

New:


The old font gave the plate a quaint look that hearkened back to a Washington that was populated by tough explorers who set up little hamlets in the mountains as the westward expansion continued towards Seattle.

The new one just reminds me of the ruthless, unbending cops who overrun this part of the country now.
 
2014-06-28 12:25:03 AM  
Here's that new one again:
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-28 03:27:52 AM  
ninjamonkey.us
 
2014-06-28 03:42:36 AM  
455H47
 
2014-06-28 03:47:05 AM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-28 03:49:10 AM  
I have a bit of a licence plate collection of Indiana plates back to 1990, as my wife kept every plate she ever had. It's easy to see this here in Indiana with this plate:

img.fark.net

Which I've always thought is a nice looking plate. Now we're stuck with this delivery from the bland factory:

img.fark.net

If you weren't from the area and saw this plate, you couldn't even tell from a distance what state it is. There are so many that look just like it.
 
2014-06-28 03:50:07 AM  
Yeah, because this:

www.15q.net

Is  farmore visually interesting than this:

www.15q.net
 
2014-06-28 03:51:25 AM  
People with vanity plates are always suspect.

/Also

www.takethehandle.com
 
2014-06-28 03:51:50 AM  

The_Mad_Dutchman: I have a bit of a licence plate collection of Indiana plates back to 1990, as my wife kept every plate she ever had. It's easy to see this here in Indiana with this plate:

[img.fark.net image 400x198]

Which I've always thought is a nice looking plate. Now we're stuck with this delivery from the bland factory:

[img.fark.net image 850x430]

If you weren't from the area and saw this plate, you couldn't even tell from a distance what state it is. There are so many that look just like it.


The loss of the embossing is tragic.
 
2014-06-28 03:52:20 AM  

The_Mad_Dutchman: Which I've always thought is a nice looking plate.


I lived on the state line as a kid.  I don't remember which one the '90s plate replaced, but I remember that most of us on the Illinois side thought it was ugly as sin.  I was one of the few who thought it was an improvement.
 
2014-06-28 03:53:23 AM  
img.fark.netI know it ain't dirty or sexy, but this is my wife and my plates...


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2014-06-28 03:54:07 AM  
FTA: Never mind that some of the affinity groups' slogans, especially the religious-based, hardly belong on a state identifier.

My neighbor has a "In God We Trust" specialty plate.  I've been tempted to leave a note with "Matthew 6:1, 6:5, 6:6" on his car.  But then I remember that a real Christian wouldn't need to be reminded about such things, and that the guy is probably a douche and wouldn't understand the meaning of the verses.

Oh well.  He has an Audi.  God will punish him soon enough when his transmission implodes.
 
2014-06-28 03:54:28 AM  
Arizona did away with the raised letters and just prints their plates as an image on flat metal now.

It's another one of those things the state government does that saves the state hundreds of dollars each year at the expense of our image.

/what, can't afford convict labor?
 
2014-06-28 03:57:35 AM  

Hiro Nakamura: Is  farmore visually interesting than this:


Fark ated my space.
 
2014-06-28 04:10:25 AM  

Hiro Nakamura: www.15q.net


I remember the plates before the blue theme ones, those were bland. Also back in the day before registration stickers you'd get a new set of license plates each year.
 
2014-06-28 04:12:17 AM  
I agree with the hipster blogger at Slate, it is terrible that license plates went from looking like utter shiate to being legible and serving their purpose well.

/come at me, license plate snobs
//A55 RGY is still great
 
2014-06-28 04:12:19 AM  
This is what Illinois plates looked like from some time in the 70s until 1983 (I think 83, might have been 84) www.andrewturnbull.net
 
2014-06-28 04:13:00 AM  
I like the colorful, reflective plates. Plus with states like VA and their bright yellow "don't tread on me" plates you can spot the idiots more easily.
 
2014-06-28 04:14:39 AM  
What do I care in knowing what state a car is from based on its plate? Everyone except me drives like an asshole.
 
2014-06-28 04:15:00 AM  

Hiro Nakamura: Hiro Nakamura: Is  farmore visually interesting than this:

Fark ated Myspace.


FTFY
 
2014-06-28 04:25:55 AM  

WhyteRaven74: This is what Illinois plates looked like from some time in the 70s until 1983 (I think 83, might have been 84) [www.andrewturnbull.net image 419x217]


I very vaguely remember those.  I was just a toddler in the early 80s but there were enough of them hanging around for me to remember.
 
2014-06-28 04:32:20 AM  

Hiro Nakamura: I very vaguely remember those. I was just a toddler in the early 80s but there were enough of them hanging around for me to remember.


I remember them well. I also remember when the plates changed. Funny enough the current plates showed up just as I moved back to Illinois from Washington. Was funny showing up and going "Ohh new plates" especially since the previous plates had been around for something like 16 years.
 
2014-06-28 04:57:47 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Hiro Nakamura: I very vaguely remember those. I was just a toddler in the early 80s but there were enough of them hanging around for me to remember.

I remember them well. I also remember when the plates changed. Funny enough the current plates showed up just as I moved back to Illinois from Washington. Was funny showing up and going "Ohh new plates" especially since the previous plates had been around for something like 16 years.


It was just their little way of welcoming you back.
A small gesture to be sure, but sincere none the less.
 
2014-06-28 05:13:52 AM  
The halcyon days of the Alaska license plates were a plain blue background with yellow writing, later a yellow background with blue writing.  You can still get the yellow ones, but you can also choose one with a very light blue sky and yellow stars, which I think looks like something that sits in a child's nursery or one with a bunch of people in a line going up some mountains which sort of looks like an ass crack.
 
2014-06-28 05:16:29 AM  
I would think that the police absolutely hates the explosion of specialty plates. "This is 1-Adam-12. We are in pursuit of a dark blue Ford sedan. License plate: 1X9 DDT... Ah, who the fark knows which state."
 
2014-06-28 05:18:50 AM  
American plates stick out like sore thumbs in Canada.
 
2014-06-28 05:48:39 AM  
i.imgur.com

Party Plates!
 
2014-06-28 05:56:00 AM  

Alx_xlA: American plates stick out like sore thumbs in Canada.


I had people taking pictures of my Indiana plate left and right when I was in Edmonton. If I sat in traffic more often than not I'd see a phone come up behind me and start snapping pictures, it was pretty funny.
 
2014-06-28 06:08:02 AM  
If you have thousands of designs (Floriduh) of course there are going to be lousy ones.
 
2014-06-28 06:14:28 AM  

ghare: If you have thousands of designs (Floriduh) of course there are going to be lousy ones.


This.

Although Colorado seems to be catching up, Florida has more plates than you can shake a stick at.
 
2014-06-28 06:24:41 AM  

jankyboy: ghare: If you have thousands of designs (Floriduh) of course there are going to be lousy ones.

This.

Although Colorado seems to be catching up, Florida has more plates than you can shake a stick at.


My favorite is one which says "respect life". Nobody seems to know exactly what it means, but I'm fairly certain that one of those will be the last thing I see before it bounces off my forehead.
 
2014-06-28 06:37:43 AM  
I still want to know how this got approved for use:
img.fark.net

It's hard to read when your standing next to the thing let alone from a distance.
 
2014-06-28 06:43:46 AM  
c2.staticflickr.com

A nu start
 
2014-06-28 06:43:58 AM  
www.slate.com
What's that thing above LA supposed to be?
 
2014-06-28 06:47:09 AM  

headlites: [www.slate.com image 590x260]
What's that thing above LA supposed to be?


A pelican.
 
2014-06-28 06:48:56 AM  

headlites: [www.slate.com image 590x260]
What's that thing above LA supposed to be?


Looks like a pelican.
 
2014-06-28 06:54:05 AM  
I'm sick of your vanity plates. VANITY, get it? It's not a compliment. I'm not amused by the obscure riddle in your very own specialized piece of metal and no, I don't need to figure it out. It's not enough that you get to own whatever kind of car you want, with any kind of modifications, you need to shout ME ME ME with your farking plate too?

They keep changing the plates so quickly around here that you can't keep up with them. I liked the old ones fine. And that's not counting the 105 specialty plates you can get, too. I don't even know sometimes if someone is from my own state. The standard ones they have right now are the ugliest ever. Thanks, government!
 
2014-06-28 07:05:10 AM  

cryinoutloud: I'm sick of your vanity plates. VANITY, get it? It's not a compliment. I'm not amused by the obscure riddle in your very own specialized piece of metal and no, I don't need to figure it out. It's not enough that you get to own whatever kind of car you want, with any kind of modifications, you need to shout ME ME ME with your farking plate too?


Nyet, nyet I say. You Yanqui Imperialists makes me pine for the bland times of 1960s Soviet Mother Russia. Good times comrade, good times.
 
2014-06-28 07:10:23 AM  

cryinoutloud: I'm sick of your vanity plates. VANITY, get it? It's not a compliment. I'm not amused by the obscure riddle in your very own specialized piece of metal and no, I don't need to figure it out. It's not enough that you get to own whatever kind of car you want, with any kind of modifications, you need to shout ME ME ME with your farking plate


fark YOU YOU YOU.  No one is forcing you to read it or think about it.
 
2014-06-28 07:11:43 AM  
WTF is wrong with you people? Why has no one blamed Obama yet?
 
2014-06-28 07:22:42 AM  
blog.linskeseder.com
 
2014-06-28 07:23:36 AM  

yarnothuntin: [c2.staticflickr.com image 612x612]

A nu start


If I wasn't so dehydrated, that would've cost me a keyboard....
 
2014-06-28 07:25:39 AM  
Its obama's fault.
 
2014-06-28 07:28:16 AM  
New standard Texas plates are just black letters on a white background, and they look pretty good. Way better than the flag-in-the-sky bullshiat that was going on before.

And regular Pennsylvania plates, which I have now, are very legible and have reasonable colors. There are a lot of specialty ones with moose and shiat on them though that I can't believe get approved. I could probably make a black-on-brown plate out of cardboard and not get noticed for a few months here.
 
2014-06-28 07:34:20 AM  

yarnothuntin: [c2.staticflickr.com image 612x612]

A nu start

 
2014-06-28 07:48:47 AM  
The flat plates now are so the various cameras can better read them..........raised letters are sometimes a problem.

Florida just redesigned their license plate, btw.
 
2014-06-28 07:51:31 AM  
I still love my WTF number plate
 
2014-06-28 07:54:06 AM  

YixilTesiphon: New standard Texas plates are just black letters on a white background,


That's so retro - like '60s style.  I remember those plates.
 
2014-06-28 08:01:59 AM  
There are a couple cars in my area that have plates that are combinations of 1 and I, or 8 and B.  Something like 1II1I1I or 8B8BB88B.  I'm sure they are  purely to foil speed cameras.
 
2014-06-28 08:09:49 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The_Mad_Dutchman: I have a bit of a licence plate collection of Indiana plates back to 1990, as my wife kept every plate she ever had. It's easy to see this here in Indiana with this plate:

[img.fark.net image 400x198]

Which I've always thought is a nice looking plate. Now we're stuck with this delivery from the bland factory:

[img.fark.net image 850x430]

If you weren't from the area and saw this plate, you couldn't even tell from a distance what state it is. There are so many that look just like it.

The loss of the embossing is tragic.


The serif and script fonts seem to be gone too. This may be for accessibility reasons, so dyslexics can read them.
 
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