by Colin Miller
Rhode Island is a tiny maritime state with an incredible amount to be jealous of — from the cliffs of Newport to one of the country’s most renowned design schools. In spite of this fact, it’s a surprisingly unassuming place. Rhode Islanders won’t try and convince you that they live in one of the coolest states in the country because they know it already.

With that in mind, I wanted to make sure that the plate wasn’t flashy or trendy. The diagonal block of color is a subtle nod to the historic lighthouses that dot the landscape. I redrew the state seal to be more graphic, and designed a flag registration sticker as a reference to the sailing culture.
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014