License Plate Design Comes Full Circle

Ah, the original Texas license plate. So simple, so clear. Nobody would ever want to change it.

1969 – 1983

Fast forward to 1991. A Texas flag was added to the plates.

1991

Let’s not stop there, lets put more pretty pictures.

1999

Ok now its starting to get out of hand, in 2008, there was a contest where Texans could choose the look of the license plate. These were the choices.

Well as long as they dont choose the one with script font and a weird 90’s corner scribble.

2009

Oh, God no.

I almost cried the day I had to put these on my car. I have heard these referred to as hideous, an abomination, and just plain ugly. While I keep my comments to myself, I’ll just let you decide whether you would pay the extra money not to put this on your car.

2012

Thank you 2012! Texas has learned the error of its ways and has returned to a much simpler time. I am counting down the days when I can proudly put this on my car. I might even pay the $7.00 to get it earlier.

Moral of the story: Simpler design is always better design.

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Free Inspiration #4

Introducing Face Magazine. Just kidding just a weekly dose of free inspiration. The free photo from shutterstock this week is a beautiful woman. When I saw that I immediately thought she belonged on a magazine cover.



Free Inspiration #3

Here is your Free Inspiration of the week. My company has been working on the yearly Amarillo Symphony program so it was hard to get music and notes out of my head. Hope you enjoy!

Creative Freedom Found in Birthday Invitations

Summer is a big time for Children’s Parties. I’ve been busy creating birthday Invitations for a number of them.

Invitations are probably one of my favorite things to design. I am always surprised at how much creative freedom I get when it comes to designing invitations. Almost anything goes. Below are just a taste of my most recent work.

The boy’s invitation is centered around the fact that he loves Goldfish Crackers. The girl’s invitation is as girly as you can get without going overboard. Both designs worked great and the customers loved them.

If you have a Birthday party or any party coming up I would love to design your invitation. Please check out my contact page to get in touch with me.

Free Inspiration #2

Last week I introduced Free Inspiration. A series on getting inspired by free stock photos of the week. Here is the latest free photo.

Free Inspiration

Anybody that knows me knows I love free stuff. Whatever it is I’ll take it. I might not know what to do with it, but believe me, I’ll find a use for it. This might lead to a hoarding problem if my wife didn’t say no to a few things.

Being a designer my company uses a stock photo website. Every week the website offers a free image or illustration. I thought about downloading each one every week and building up my own stock pile hoping I’ll need it for the future, but I don’t have the time to organize them all.

Feeling like all this free is going to waste, I’ve decided to use them as inspiration. I’ll use them to keep me fresh creatively. So, here is the free image.

Cherries. 2 Cherries. So much for getting the creative wheels turning. Gotta admit this isn’t something I would be drawn to. I think cherries are very retro. So I went retro grocery store. $0.35/lb. is wishful thinking.

Summer’s Here

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s summer! Every year Data Flow helps put together the Parks & Recreation Guide and Summer in the City. Summer in the city is a kid’s guide to events and activities in the City of Amarillo. We went with a “Wish you were here” postcard theme for this year’s guide. Check out some illustrations I did for the guide.

If you see one, grab one! They are free and full of things that will keep you child busy the entire summer.

Quirky Meets Traditional

This past weekend a wedding took place that I had a hand in creating the invitations. This couple wanted a fun, quirky invitation. They had recently moved from the Colorado where they were avid skiers and wanted me to incorporate mountains and outdoors into the invite. It started with the save the date. I created a 3×3 magnet that people would post on their refrigerator.

Then came the invitations. Here are the first two ideas. One gives and outdoorsy feel and one is very quirky. Although they loved all of the designs, they decided that traditional was the way to go.

This is the final for the invitation package. The Invitation itsself is very tradtional but still has a modern feel to it. Included witht the invite is a postcard R.S.V.P. and a directions card. They were very grateful for my work and I was happy to do it for them.