Monday, February 11, 2008

Austin must have been left out of the voting

In 1993, there was a relatively famous experiment in which two guys asked 1,001 Americans to decide what the perfect painting might look like. A "focus-group" painting, if you will. As might be expected, the end result was a glowing example of why design-by-committee rarely if ever produces good results. The painting they collectively “painted” featured a lakeside landscape, some deer, some frolicking people and, naturally, George Washington. Oh yeah, and it was the size of a dishwasher, as that was the size most people said they preferred. I ask you, is this the kind of thing you’d hang anywhere near your house?

Fast forward to recently when I guess Texas decided the “space-shuttle/oil derrick/skyline/shooting stars/moon” design they’re currently rolling with perhaps didn’t fully encapsulate the state’s riches and so they’ve apparently decided to redesign it.

Leave it in the hands of design professionals, you say? Surely you jest. Naturally, they let the people decide! And what do people want? Photography, stars and paint splashes! Ladies and gentleman, I give you the frontrunner as well as the other nominees for the new Texas plates.

It’s hard to say exactly how much your car will devalue upon popping one of these bad boys on but I’d say $1000 minimum, depending on make and model. On the plus side, there’s no web address like some states I know. Because really, do you want people who are unable to google a frikkin’ state to come pay a visit? Neither do I.

On a kinda-related note, I did see a Maine license plate this weekend out here that looked like this.

A little see-say, don’t you think? One or the other would have served just fine.

The moral of the story here is I think I may open a license-plate design shop. Lord knows I could do better for Idaho than “famous potatoes.”


Blogger minus five said...

that's horrible. really, really horrible. i think they need to keep it simple like it was before the shuttle/cowboy.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Yeah. "Texas." And some numbers. Maybe a star. That's plenty.

11:56 PM  
Blogger biggy said...

I think they should make the plate like twice as large as the standard license plate. Because, you know, that would represent the massive-ness of the state.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Why not make it Texas-shaped while you're at it?

3:29 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

i liked it the way it was because the whole state really speaks for itself. i think the united states is lucky to have us.

11:47 PM  
Blogger krr said...

I say they need to use the KISS method. No splatter paint! UGH! Looks like my junior high bedspread.

11:04 PM  

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