Maybe you need to have grown up in New York State to find any particular delight in the design of the new New York State license plates. If you did, there’s a good deal of nostalgia in seeing what is essentially an older plate design. It’s also nice to see a design that doesn’t involve lots of colors or complicated imagery, but instead just simple type, color, and geometry.
However, the one big change they did make to the older design is also my big beef with this new design, and it’s that arched, dark blue field across the top. Why the arch? You just know someone thought it was too boring when it went straight across. You can almost hear a bureaucrat with a comb over and a clip-on tie saying “Make it pop!”* Also, that typeface is kind of ugly.
* Yes, my image of low-level bureaucrats is largely based on the characterization of authority figures in 80s teen comedies.