April 22, 2024

Mid Designer

Breakaway from the pack

Redesigning California’s license plate: readers’ strategies

To the editor: I could not agree much more with editorial author Laurel Rosenhall about California’s boring license plate structure. It’s anything that I’ve by no means been in a position to recognize because, as she mentions, California has so a great deal fashion, so much historical past, so much all-natural natural beauty.

I assumed it’d be this kind of a awesome task to assistance design new plates, so I took a shot at it myself. I’m self-taught with graphic design and had so a great deal enjoyment enjoying about with suggestions dependent on a number of of my favourite locations in California.

I concur that California is as well beautiful and far too assorted to be boiled down to one issue, so it would be terrific if we acquired some say in the issue. So I despatched The Occasions some of my types — what about the Hollywood indication, Napa Valley, the Santa Monica Pier, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur?

Probably the individual who built that boring plate was far too overcome by every thing California has to provide and just imagined, “If you know, you know.”

Zarina Singh Humayun, Los Angeles


To the editor: Considering the fact that 2014, I have advocated that California’s drab license plate be replaced by a attractive or inspiring 1, like most states have.

My recommendation has been to have a group of artists, picked by the governor, pick out from layouts submitted by anyone. The only limitation would be the styles ought to reflect illustrations or photos symbolizing our condition. Citizens could be supplied a probability to weigh in on-line.

This procedure of picking out and applying the new plates could be, I believe, a unifying aspect for the individuals of California as effectively as an interesting undertaking for artists.

Katherine Wolff, Los Angeles


To the editor: I would like to see the Art Deco sunset style and design from the 1980s brought back. I experienced all those plates for 26 yrs, right until I transformed my private plate to the recent uninteresting 1 that is now typical concern.

The special plates are just far too highly-priced, particularly the breast cancer consciousness a single.

Toni Dee, Indio


To the editor: I would enjoy to see an summary mosaic reflecting our coastline line, the agricultural Central Valley and lovely forests.

I live in Tulare County and boast to out-of-state buddies that I can take pleasure in the beach front or the mountains in a several brief hours, whilst the cultural choices in the two San Francisco and Los Angeles offer you a cozy and enjoyable-loaded weekend getaway.

There is so substantially to love here in the Golden Point out!

Carla D. Calhoun, Tulare, Calif.


To the editor: Any new style and design need to be a little something all-natural (not a composition like the Golden Gate Bridge, pretty as it is). An legendary tree would do the job — a sequoia or coast redwood or Monterey pine, each of which has a silhouette that is conveniently identified and could be representative of the condition.

Also, a Sierra mountain see — 50 percent Dome will come to intellect as nicely as Mt. Whitney — would operate. Choose a thing that is lasting, not anything that an earthquake, landslide, fire or flood could erase.

Regardless of what is chosen should not incur more price as alternate patterns do now.

Margaret Stevens, Whittier


To the editor: Just about every time I get an out-of-point out street trip, upon my return I know that I am approaching residence when I location my initial Joshua tree.

The California license plate should incorporate an image of an previous, gnarly Joshua tree, lit by the moon, in a rocky, dusty enclave surrounded by creosote and starlight. I know most of The united states thinks of California as a land of sunshine, movie stars and seashores, but nothing says “California” like a Joshua tree.

There is an added gain to putting the Joshua tree on our license plates. Because of to local weather adjust, the famous Joshua tree is getting regarded as for listing as a threatened species. An training marketing campaign could transform the Joshua tree license plate into a consciousness-elevating boon.

If every Californian ended up to see the image of a Joshua tree on approaching a car, perhaps feelings of climate improve and different transportation would enter the intellect. Probably we’d even see a reduction in noxious gasses in our air.

Mark Shoup, Apple Valley


To the editor: A California poppy need to brighten our license plates, of program.

Barbara Bell, Pasadena


To the editor: We talk about this a ton in the Bay Space. How about a bear in the background, like the bear flag?

Rachel Zenner Kane, Orinda, Calif.


To the editor: In describing the surprise of California so wonderfully, Rosenhall states what the superb, very simple white license plate communicates so very well.

She sums up what I missed and beloved about California soon after I had to depart the condition for operate in the 1990s. All I experienced to maintain my inspiration to return, aside from a electronic L.A. Times membership, was that excellent white license plate with the flowing “California” on it expressing so cleverly and succinctly the vibrancy that other states are unable to market on their plates.

It’s been about a thirty day period considering that I returned to California, and I cherish each new white license plate. Now able to take pleasure in the vibrancy of this point out for superior, I can not hold out to pay a visit to the DMV and apply for my white plate with the flowing “California,” so I can broadcast that I am property.

Our white plate states it all. California is for enthusiasts — fans of California’s normal natural beauty and its residents’ neat, vivid outlook on everyday living.

Tom Dombeck, Irvine


To the editor: I savored Rosenhall’s comments on our boring license plates.

But I disagree. The name “California” by itself conjures all forms of ideas and items this state has to offer. Depart the interpretation to the creativity of the viewer.

I think the outdated gold-on-black style and design is common and really should be the common problem. Another solution is the “other” common that changed it in 1969 — gold on blue.

Terry Bochanty, Santa Monica