Jonathan Lawrence, designer of graphics and curator of Type Hunting, believes that license plate design in the United States has been on the downhill slope for the past fifty years. Frankly, and unfortunately, this is a notion that's quite hard to argue... No worries, though; Lawrence has decided to alleviate this issue by taking matters into his own hands and asking his designer friends to reimagine the license plates of all fifty states! Fittingly, he's titled this venture the State Plates Project.
Contributing designers consider state history and personality while designing their plates to ensure that they are not only beautiful, but also truly representative of each state. For example, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, a tall tale set in — and holding great importance to — Minnesota, is the inspiration for the Minnesota plate concept designed by Allan Peters.
If you're interested, check out Peters’s full rationale for the Minnesota plate design. Also, don't forget to visit the State Plates Project website to see the other completed — and awesome — designs. Remember to check back often as the project is currently still in progress.