Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ugly Design

Do you ever see a design over and over and over again out in public that makes you cringe? Maybe it's a poorly designed bill board. Or maybe an ugly pair of shoes. The kind that makes you think, "Hell, I'm not even a graphic designer and I know that's UG-uuuu-LEEEE." It's not just that your preference doesn't agree with it, but rather that it's missing any semblance of design instinct. Ever since I've been in Utah, I've seen the image at the left. Over and over and over again. It's the freakin' license plate of choice here. There are a couple of basic styles to pick from when you get a new license that's primarily orange hued with the Delicate Arch on it and this monstrosity. Who thought that the font combination was "pleasing" or even "lookin' good"? What about the placement of the crappy clip-art skiier? C'mon. There's nothing good to be said about this plate. So, there it is...staring at me every day while I'm at the stop light. Taunting me, "Nanny-nanny-boo-boo. I'm ugly, and so are you." Well, ok, it doesn't really say that but it does tell me that someone in the mid-80s had been smokin' something. Actually a whole committee that agreed upon the design must have been smokin' something. OR, maybe, the "designer" and I use that term loosely, was the 12 year old son of the director of transportation with a brand spankin' new computer plum full of fun fonts. How could they pick just one?! Ugh. Have I whined enough yet?


Anonymous said...

It looks like they edited out a word at the front. Maybe it was "Freakin'" Ski Utah! Or something worse. Besides, when I think of Utah, I don't think of skiing. There are many more fun things to do in Utah besides skiing.

bobber said...

Well, Cat, you coulda had Idaho plates to look at. Some of ours are just a bit strange, if not ugly. Take a look at this site and wonder no more at how ugly plates get to be chosen: Or, I guess you could get a laugh out of some of the things folks put on them: As you know, there are plenty of crazy things out on the road.