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Old 05-13-2020, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Now I need to focus all of my attention on a unified package for all of the problems with our hideous license plates. The design and inconsistencies are bad enough, but the spacing and centering of the digits is so effing bad, I wouldn't drive in another state with a new plate because I'd be embarrassed.

The font they use requires heavy manual kerning to look right, and no computer can yet do it decently. The result is that the letters and numbers don't look spaced properly to the human eye.

And the most recent blight is that that the group of letters/numbers as a whole, is clearly not centered on the plate and is placed too far left.

Changing to a more commonly used squarish typeface and/or putting the dash between the letters and numbers would solve the problems.

Then just slap the made in Georgia filming logo on a blank place without the digits on top of it, and there's a license plate you can be proud of.
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Old 05-13-2020, 06:48 PM
 
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While you're at it...

Can you send the license plates back to the prisons so they can actually forge the numbers and letters into the metal instead of just screen printing them on, or whatever process they use?
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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While you're at it...

Can you send the license plates back to the prisons so they can actually forge the numbers and letters into the metal instead of just screen printing them on, or whatever process they use?
I agree with you, however many states now use this cheaper method, and it's highly unlikely that Georgia, which doesn't go the extra mile for anything representing the state, will ever choose to make more effort and spend more for stamped letters again.

With all of the crime here, and so many instances of people printing temporary tags multiple times for years, you think that they would realize that the stamping prevents crooks from using black tape to change the letters and numbers if they were being sought.

The standard plate doesn't look like the winning design by a Roswell woman in 2012. The county strip of white eliminates the green that she had for the grass, and the gradients or screening of the pink sky was much more gradual than the chopped off look of the finished plates.

I constantly wonder what the workers are thinking as these mistake-ridden plates are made.

Of course GDOT doesn't enforce highway signs to be typeset perfectly either.

No cares here bout that sort of stuff, but all the top-tier states do.
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:18 AM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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I agree with you, however many states now use this cheaper method, and it's highly unlikely that Georgia, which doesn't go the extra mile for anything representing the state, will ever choose to make more effort and spend more for stamped letters again.
Most states have transitioned to flat characters due to cost and for easier reading by police plate scanners.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:29 AM
 
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I was just thinking how prettier license plates would be definitely be near the top of all of the things I would want to change in Georgia. I don't know if it would be #1 but definitely top 5.
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Old 05-14-2020, 01:24 PM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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I was just thinking how prettier license plates would be definitely be near the top of all of the things I would want to change in Georgia. I don't know if it would be #1 but definitely top 5.
Chances are that'll happen anyway in the next 1-2 years (Georgia usually swaps out the plate design every 7-8 years).
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Old 05-14-2020, 02:04 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL -> ATL
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I hate that designed plate. I opted for a plain white with a peach.

FWIW, even Texas went to a plain old white plate
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Old 05-14-2020, 03:55 PM
 
Location: The South
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My plate is a free US Army Veterans plate. I think its very attractive.
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I agree with you, however many states now use this cheaper method, and it's highly unlikely that Georgia, which doesn't go the extra mile for anything representing the state, will ever choose to make more effort and spend more for stamped letters again.

With all of the crime here, and so many instances of people printing temporary tags multiple times for years, you think that they would realize that the stamping prevents crooks from using black tape to change the letters and numbers if they were being sought.

The standard plate doesn't look like the winning design by a Roswell woman in 2012. The county strip of white eliminates the green that she had for the grass, and the gradients or screening of the pink sky was much more gradual than the chopped off look of the finished plates.

I constantly wonder what the workers are thinking as these mistake-ridden plates are made.

Of course GDOT doesn't enforce highway signs to be typeset perfectly either.

No cares here bout that sort of stuff, but all the top-tier states do.
I’m glad I’m not the only one that notices this stuff. Markings on the roads and reflectors have definitely improved over the years though. Yes, we’re definitely lucky to have reflectors unlike many northern states.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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I agree with you, however many states now use this cheaper method, and it's highly unlikely that Georgia, which doesn't go the extra mile for anything representing the state, will ever choose to make more effort and spend more for stamped letters again.

With all of the crime here, and so many instances of people printing temporary tags multiple times for years, you think that they would realize that the stamping prevents crooks from using black tape to change the letters and numbers if they were being sought.

The standard plate doesn't look like the winning design by a Roswell woman in 2012. The county strip of white eliminates the green that she had for the grass, and the gradients or screening of the pink sky was much more gradual than the chopped off look of the finished plates.

I constantly wonder what the workers are thinking as these mistake-ridden plates are made.

Of course GDOT doesn't enforce highway signs to be typeset perfectly either.

No cares here bout that sort of stuff, but all the top-tier states do.
I haven't seen any "Tag applied for" homemade tags lately. Maybe the cops finally cracked down on that.
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