by Adam Dixon
I wanted to strike a balance that was practical, but with enough character to make it unique. The colors are borrowed from the North Carolina state flag. Combining our state bird, the Cardinal, with the phrase from our current plate, “First in Flight,” made sense. The indention on the left creates a sense of motion or flight. I’ve always been a huge fan of our state’s motto, “Esse Quam Videri” which means “To be, Rather Than to Seem,” so I wanted to find a way to incorporate that into the plate. Blind embossing the motto feels more personal because it would only be visible at a closer distance.
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014