Even if you didn’t follow the SB5/Issue 2 debate as intensely as we did here at Plunderbund, just turning on your TV or visiting a website hosting Google ads in the past 3 months would likely have exposed you to Building a Better Ohio’s anti-union message, along with their Ohio-shape-inside-the-O logo.

Today Kasich announced his design for Ohio’s license plate and it has some surprising similarities to the Better Ohio logo, specifically the shape of the state inside the letter O.

To be fair, the plate design, chosen by Kasich but created by students at Columbus College of Art & Design, isn’t bad looking, but it’s hard to overlook the similarities to the Better Ohio logo.

While it does seem possible that Kasich specifically chose this design as one last dig against Ohio’s public employees and the unions that supported them in the fight against SB5/Issue 2, it seems just as likely that the logo design will remind SB5 supporters and contributors, as they drive around Ohio staring at the license plates on the cars in front of them, of their massive defeat at the polls a few weeks back.

  • stepshep

    There are only so many ways the word Ohio can by stylized. I doubt there is any connection.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/I36l6R0Ppv9Xrv7VDLT3Fa7Grs4huwhgxg--#c9aea PalliYour Name

    I bet you are wrong though.  The word cloud and red pennant are the significant elements of the design and new to license plate design’s I believe.  Knowing students and the group approach to this kind of design assignment, I suspect the O framing the silhouette of Ohio may have been a final touch to get “notice and preference” from Kasich.  A minimal amount of research at the start would have found the Kasich administration website and the “Better Ohio”  logo. Savvy students would know aesthetics aren’t the client’s (Kasich) strong point. The winning design would have to have a different appeal-what could be better than a visual quote he already knew?  The students should be commended for making the quote subtle and appropriate within the design.  [I wonder why the students chose not to use the Ohio shape on the second O also? Just a teacherly question, I am sure their answer is perfectly valid aesthetically.}

  • stepshep

    There are only so many ways the word Ohio can by stylized. I doubt there is any connection.

  • Anonymous

    The word cloud background is pretty cool. As much as I dislike the BBO “O” on this, I like the plate better than the current issue.

  • Anonymous

    I like that it reflects our unique flag.

  • Anonymous

    I like that it reflects our unique flag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Rhoades/100000463903195 Daniel Rhoades

    I hope they do away with the front plate,I like the farm one the best.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I hope they keep the front plate — as one who is out there everyday — if some one is driving towards you and is doing something wrong swerving or passing a line of cars and barely gets back over etc  — you sure cant turn around to get a plate #  this way you may be able to get a plate # to report
    besides it not gonna be any cheaper for one plate or two

  • Kimb

    PB fist in the other O would be cool…

  • http://twitter.com/MyFriendCamilo Camilo José Villa

    Is it time for a new plate already? Everybody hates the “Beautiful Ohio” one… I think it looks nice on my car. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll bet he really put some thought into that decision.  I’m surprised he didn’t put a comment in the space at the bottom that said: “Kiss my ring and call me God Father”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14401447 Adam Gilson

    I was glad that the Beautiful Ohio plate finally got away from the boring red/white/blue color scheme. Now I see we’re back to it. Great.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    So whats this gonna cost ? He’s so interested in tax payer money being wasted–
    Are they gonna pass a law saying we are required to get these new plates? might as well they try and pass one for everything else they think up.
    Whats he drive anyway  foreign or domestic? Oh,, I forgot ,he helicopters or flys every place he goes………….. 

  • Anonymous


  • http://twitter.com/JMBlair Jen

    I’m glad he is  taking care of pressing state issues, like graphic design on license plates and drivers’ licenses.  That will be my comfort in May when I lose my teaching job because he slashed my school’s budget by 13 million.

    I also hope he paid those CCAD students for their work. 

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    Yes, countless Ohioans who have cars for their homes will undoubtedly appreciate the “remodeling job” Czar Kashitch I is doing on their abodes.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget his giving back snow days to students!  I guess he didn’t realize how teachers would benefit from that.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    remember he asked his daughters about that ………… they were all for more days 

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I am sorry Jen you may lose your job — honestly I am — he hasnt a clue — talks about hiring the best and paying top dollar to them salary wise.
    So wonder where he thinks this knowledge comes from ?  that makes these people smart. In 3 years Ohio will be at the bottom state education wise….

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    You know a real way to save money is — to just have Ohio and the county on the plate and some   id # and  forget it —
    If you want to support something — get a bumper sticker
    I travel lots in my job — sometimes you cant even tell what state people are from because of all the decoration on the plates   ( I am talking ALL states )
    so how can a patrol or cop tell….

    Just an oberservance from some one out there everyday on the highways……….

  • Xx

    There is only one word to describe that design: BORING.  

    If this is an example of the work from CCAD students (yes more than one) than CCAD needs to take the A out of their name because there isn’t anything artful about that design.

    Beautiful Ohio is much better.

  • http://twitter.com/daingel Domenica Iacovone

    Maybe they should also personalize the DUI plate as well, with a symbol of the GOP elephant  wearing tea bags as earrings.

  • exfloridateacher

    so if kasick isn’t living in the governors mansion why cant people in Columbus who lost their homes move in? its tax payer paid for…I have met quite a few people living in their cars but still able to go to work and pay taxes…we could get some wood and build bunk beds…just a thought

  • A69roadrunner

    It will be a reminder to vote Kasich and his buddy’s out,  and the great victory the PEOPLE had repealing SB5 ! Can’t wait for nov. 2012 and 2014! Will remember for a long long time..Had to believe I was a republican..

  • Anonymous

    I’ll keep my Beautiful Ohio plates, chosen by Frances Strickland. Screw Kasich.

  • Anonymous

    Me too.

  • Anonymous

    Bring back the sunburst!  I don’t want to give mine up.

  • http://twitter.com/BruceMcF Bruce McFarling

    I think you are overlooking how clever the CCAD design is. The Building a Better Ohio puts the state in “the right” O. And to be to the right of our dear Governor takes some doing, as there is not much further that its possible to go.

    While in the real world, Ohio is ranges from the extremes of center to center right, but our Issue2 win showed that a substantial majority of the state is to the left OF KASICH. As even Kasich subconsciously acknowledged, when he picked the design.

  • Guest

    Wow.  This is ugly.  Buy the Marblehead lighthouse plate instead and you will both get a beautiful plate, and  do more to protect Lake Erie than Kasich will do in his four years in office.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Its the idea of it all …………a waste of time and money– OUR money 
    he can put the OUR in the O as far as I am concerned

  • Dmoore2222

    Don’t worry. SB5 supporters will be reminded of the ugly Issue 2 defeat again next November.

  • Anonymous

    When seen from a not-tailgating distance, the word cloud is illegible, and the first “O” just looks like the printer smudged it up…or gave it a kewpie doll haircut. I’m fond of typographical art in general, but the muted colors of that, combined with the big slash of bleeding red across the top make it a little jarring. Fine for a name badge or highway sign, but I’m with the above poster who says “simpler is better.” I remember you used to be able to tell which states had what plates because they had simple, two-color schemes. See ’em comin’ for miles.

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