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Alberta designer offers locally made option in Alberta licence plate debate

Last week, the Alberta government posted three new proposed licence plate designs for residents to vote on. But many people, it seems, don't want any of them. "They're disappointing," Edmonton designer Laurier Mandin tells guest host Rick MacInnes-Rae....
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Last week, the Alberta government posted three new proposed licence plate designs for residents to vote on. But many people, it seems, don't want any of them. "They're disappointing," Edmonton designer Laurier Mandin tells guest host Rick MacInnes-Rae.

And not only are the images on the plate rather pallid, the government has also removed the slogan "Wild Rose Country," replacing it with the official Alberta government website address.

That's been seen as a political move, Mr. Mandin says, given that Alberta's official opposition is the Wildrose Party.

The plates were also designed by US adhesive manufacturer 3M, which will be making the reflective surface on the plates. This has also rankled many in the Alberta design community.

So Mr. Mandin's firm,  Graphos, took it upon themselves to design their own plate, which is shown above. And it's been taking off on social media - enough that the Alberta government may soon offer it as one of the official options.

Mr. Mandin says he was contacted today by an Alberta government spokesperson, who told him that if there was enough support the government would give it "due consideration".

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