Seeing a parallel in his country's fractured political system, especially in the light of the recent government shutdown, he embarked on a project to redesign the state flags along more unified lines - "as a tribute to the collective creativity that brought us this far - and, truth be told, to the “united-ness” I hope we adopt in the future". The flag should be relatively simple—absolutely no state seals or otherwise overly-ornate designs, and lettering will be kept to a minimum. You can't get much more English than the family crests of Lord Baltimore's Calvert and Crossland families, coats of arms which were granted to them by an English king. The makers of the seal wanted the commonwealth to have a seal that harkened back to the Roman Republic. Also, I restricted myself … Louisiana is unique among U.S. states in that it has a much more of a French connection. A redesign of all 50 state flags messes with Texas. Alaska’s flag is already decent—but the eight stars just don’t stand out very well. Presto: perfectly good flag, representing Wyoming’s history as a plains state. The green and light blue background symbolizes the state’s position on the southern coast, with its important wetlands. My solution combines one of the historical flags with the current flag: the blue field makes the anchor much clearer, the banner is removed, and the yellow border has been strengthened. Oh look—it’s a state seal on a blue field. In my design the white rose represents Yorkshire and the House of York. If the flag is already good, I won’t hesitate to say so. Montana has another boring state-seal-on-blue-field motif, but with helpful text to help you remember what state you’re in. My variant takes as inspiration historical New England pine tree flags (based on the English Red Ensign) that were flown during the Revolutionary War. Tacoma’s where I live now, and the current flag is another seal on a blue field. Well, at least this one isn’t that state seal on blue? My replacement keeps the orange and blue stripes for continuity. There’s so much irony here, that I find it hysterical.). They also represent the white winters and green summers of the state.. Michigan has a complex coat of arms that includes a deer, a bear, an eagle, a man with a rifle waving while standing on a beach, and two Latin inscriptions. And they represent the state and its history. Most American citizens will be familiar with their state flag, which adorn on the walls of city halls, state buildings and elsewhere. Surprising but true. My design for Cyprus combines the Greek blue representing the West, and the Turkish red representing the East. It’s a clean and uncomplicated design that reflects the state well. The former flag bore a strong resemblance to the Confederate flag… I’ve done it in blue and orange: blue for the Florida waters (longest coastline among US states! The flags and seals of the 50 states vary greatly in quality and style, lacking both cohesion and a semblance of stylistic standards. The sun’s twelve rays are meant to be evocative of a clock, continuing the midnight theme. My version keeps this slightly macabre theme. Hence this version of the flag, with the brown triangles representing the mountains and the starred red gemstone in the center. My redesign of their flag is essentially a simplification of the current flag, to better follow vexililogical principles. #sideproject: United We Stand - … So I took that and ran with it. The top and bottom stripes of the flag represent the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, respectively. This would be a distinctive flag, far more recognizable at a distance than what the current one is. Examining the state flags and ranking them based on design and how well they represent their states. The criteria I am using are as follows: Do I think that any of these will ever get used? The eight-pointed star pattern in the center represents the sovereignty of an independent Cypriot state. All rights reserved. The arrowhead in the middle is meant to symbolize the Navajo people, pointed downward to represent peace. They should be memorable and distinctive, clearly showing the character of each state. And still another state seal on blue (but with helpful lettering). “My redesign makes it obvious that the cross is the Spanish one, the Cross of Burgundy. Ick. The group pored through thousands of designs in 2020 before landing on … My redesign is far less complicated. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Its simple design has historical meaning: the colors are borrowed from the Spanish flag, and the native design alludes to New Mexico’s strong native community. I approached this by putting the white cottonball shape on a black triangle: white for the cotton, but black to remember the hundreds of thousands of African Americans that Alabama enslaved. 818 x 675 jpeg 110kB. My variant uses the purple that’s become Minnesota’s unofficial state color (possibly due to the Vikings and/or Prince). Unfortunately, a lot of flags are not well designed—especially state flags. The design under consideration (bottom) was brought forth by […] Its flag is a typical monstrosity using the seal—and is therefore almost never used. Creative Bloq is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. (Computer Arts) 07 November 2013. By reversing the colors and adding the fusils and crosses pattée, we have a perfectly good flag for New Jersey that recognizes its founding. I’m keeping this flag the way it is. For my design, I took the idea of the “Land of the Midnight Sun”, with a yellow on a black field. Alabama is the “Cotton State”, which presents a problem: it is still a big part of the state’s economy, and it’s certainly historical, but it has an undeniable connection with slavery. It has to go. Creative Bloq Staff South Carolina wants to freshen up its state flag, but not everyone is crazy about the proposed redesign. It’s vivid, and it can be recognized at a distance. My family has a history living on the Navajo Reservation. My redesign combines two symbols. Well, they finally got rid of the horrible slavers’s flag. I’m not the first to point out that Wyoming already has a pretty good flag, except for the overly-complex seal. To this flag I’ve added a fourteenth star to the deliberately irregular constellation, representing Vermont’s position as the fourteenth state. Even so, it has too many words on it to be a decent flag. Designer Ed Mitchell gives America's state flags a more unified look. The St. George’s Cross is of course for England, and the Carolina colony’s English origins. I really don’t like flags that incorporate a country’s outline. Not a surprise, we have here another state seal on a blue field. As with the previous symbols, the bear represents strength and bravery, while the crescent moon is for newness and potential for growth. It’s an attempt to redesign a lot of flags of the world: especially US state flags, that are so often just a state seal thrown up on a blue seal. It looks too much like a sports logo. The chevron on top represents our namesake, Mt. Since I’m an American, I have very little hope of any of these designs seeing the light of day. The diagonal white stripes (making a V) are for peace. It looks to all the world like a palm tree and a crescent moon. (I can’t take credit for this idea, though—this image does borrow from other people’s ideas for the flag.). My first redesign for a Pennsylvania flag features a banner of the arms of William Penn, who was the state's namesake, receiving a large royal grant of land for a colony in 1661, which became one of the USA's founding 13 states. New York: state coat of arms on a blue field. Blue field. The red cross is for the state’s English origins. Here's my attempt to right this problem, using state nicknames as a guide. Easily confused with Alabama, but made worse by the seal. The octogon derives from the symbol of Nicosia, the capital, and ultimately comes from the shape of its walls. In fact, the top blue star explicitly represents the Confederacy! Et tu, Brute? Our flags should represent that. It’s drawn directly from Yorkshire flags. It honors the eponymous Chief Seattle. It keeps the sandy background reminiscent of Navajo sand paintings, with the rainbow symbolizing Navajo sovereignty. I’ll take it. The topic that seems to be on the today list of all vexillologists and vexillographers is the redesign of the state flags of the United States. Even so, they can be fun exercises. (Admittedly, Texans can be a little obnoxious about it...but that’s another issue altogether.) More than half of US state flags feature a blank field (majority blue) with some sort of detailed state seal in the center. This flag will stay as is. Stripes feature prominently in the redesign project, along with other U.S. icons like the eagle and Lady Liberty. What do you think of these flag designs? Colorado has a flag that lots of people have rated highly. The red field is for the people of Virginia (or possibly the blood of tyrants). It’s a total reworking of Mississippi symbolism, without any divisive Confederate idealization at all. Until now, Mississippi has kept its Confederate battle flag on the state flag. My redesign keeps the diamond, and the three large stars representing Arkansas’s past as part of Spain, France, and the United States. The flags are coming! I have to confess that I find the Maryland flag ugly as sin. Agriculture was an integral part of Alabama and cotton in particular was a major force in their economy." Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s way too close to the flags of Northern Ireland and Jersey. The best power banks deals: Anker, Maxoak and RAVPower devices at low prices, The North Face in hot water over logo design dispute, New Warner Bros logo is not what we were expecting, Premiere Pro tutorials: Master the top video editing software, Pfizer tries to inject some life into its logo (but does it succeed? The pine tree has long been a symbol of New England, and is still on Massachusetts’ naval flag. It’s old too—it dates from 1845. San José (Yes, I like putting the accent over the e.) is the city where I grew up. And the orange brings in the Dutch influence, when it was New Amersterdam. But Ed Mitchell has decided to redesign all 50 U.S. state flags. This redesigned flag for Nevada by John Karp attracted considerable local attention and won two public contests in 2001. The blue stripes on either side represent Puget Sound and Lake Washington, which border Seattle to the west and east. Let’s face it, most US state flags are ugly. It’s actually based on the coat of arms of the Washington family (as is the flag of Washington D.C.), honoring one of our Founding Fathers and a man who voluntarily chose to step down from power. I’ve also made its points needle-sharp, referencing another famous landmark, the Space Needle. I redesigned (most of) the US state flags. This redesign of South Carolina's state flag was scrapped after state residents criticized the illustration of the palmetto tree in its center, which was compared to a toilet brush. I like it. The four sacred mountains surrounding the land, in their traditional colors, are Blanca Peak (Tsisnaasjiní, white), Mt. The flag should try to incorporate history of some sort, to tell the story of the place it represents. Green represents the state's lush forests. It comes from the coat of arms of the North Carolina Senate, but it makes such an excellent flag that I had to do it here. Bad design. This is a flag that I think New Yorkers could be proud of. Hello all! It’s certainly recognizable at a distance, and it’s based on some solid history—in this case the arms of Lord Baltimore. Thank you for signing up to Creative Bloq. New Jersey was founded by George Carteret (whose arms were white fusils on red) and John Berkeley (whose arms were white crosses pattée on red with a white chevron). My variant keeps the blue field but adds a lighter wave motif, for the waters of the Puget Sound and the port that is Tacoma’s lifeline. The Committee to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag joined Reeves as he signed the bill into law. The yellow star alludes to Minnesota’s nickname of “The Star of the North”, that you can see in French on the current flag. “Simplicity,” Mississippi vexillologist Clay Moss told the commission, is the first rule of flag design. mitchell embarked on a project to redesign all fifty state flags, paying homage to the collective spirit that has led the united states forward throughout history. To the best of my knowledge, it has no current flag! Updated Jan 17, 2019; Posted Nov 24, 2015 . BA1 1UA. 1284 x 1200 png 293kB. I’ve never liked it though—that “C” really stands out to me. Another state seal on blue. The result is distinctive and could be easily recognized from afar. My revamp runs with the “Crossroads of America” motto. Every state in the United States is technically a separate nation. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Update: I was looking through a catalog of face masks last night and there were a few that were of flags. I tried to keep the original color schemes intact as best as possible, occasionally having to dip into historical flags or alternates as inspiration. The red is for valor, the blue for justice, and the white for purity. Minnesota’s flag is complicated, unrecognizable, and just plain awful. The “The New Magnolia" flag will go before voters in November for approval. Most are just seals on a blue field (nicknamed seals on a bed sheet). Four diagonal lines (in a skewed diagonal hash sign) run around the center. But it’s a fun exercise, nevertheless. The twenty-five smaller stars represent Arkansas’s position as the twenty-fifth state. I was inspired by the redesign of the world flags by u/EleanorCatherine, and wanted to do the US state flags. Blue represents the waters of the puget sound and columbia river. ), Video editing software: best tools in 2021, New Nintendo Switch design has Super Mario fans fuming, Wax figures museum goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Gallery: 25 ideas for a new NJ state flag. It’s totally unoriginal, and can’t be recognized from afar. And the six-pointed star recalls an emerald, which has a natural hexagonal lattice. I think it’s much more bold than the current version, with its pelican and barely readable state motto. And the saltire is another attempt to sneak in Confederate imagery. Alabama’s flag really isn’t that bad—but it’s not distinctive at all. It can be quite hard to make out from far away. Missouri’s flags is one of those frustrating flags that, although it’s overcomplicated and awful, actually contains a good flag within it. The Nordic cross recognizes the state’s Scandinavian roots. Back to Gallery. It became known as the “Keystone State” due to its central location and importance. Florida’s very name means “flowery”, so I’ve completed the design with orange blossoms, Florida’s state flower and another agricultural symbol. Most American citizens will be familiar with their state flag, which adorn on the walls of city halls, state buildings and elsewhere. Helped along by the voices of some of their collegiate athletes, Mississippi voted to redesign its state flag recently. They’re an interesting mix of history and graphic design. This makes South Carolina’s flag look so much like the flag of an Islamic country, that would be perfectly at home on the Arabian peninsula. A well-designed flag can be a wonderful symbol of pride for a city, country, or state—or a memorable symbol of something nefarious. Amidst the backdrop of a fractious, fighting Congress, Ed Mitchell decided to come up with a single visual language that could be used to redesign every state flag. However I rearranged the mountains to put east on top, as is traditional in Navajo custom. Still, I don’t think it represents the modern state very well. All I did here was to remove the seal and standardize the size a little bit. The eight wavy stripes, from left to right, are the official colors of the major islands of the state in order from west to east (Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lāna’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and the big island Hawai’i). Instead, I went with a water theme. Rather than put the whole coat of arms on the flag, I’m drawing out … 25 ideas for a new NJ state flag. Would a more unified approach to flag design encourage a more unified politic? My variant starts with the flag of Hampshire, which has red over yellow, with a crown on the red half and a red rose of Lancaster on the bottom half. (It takes some inspiration from both the Japanese flag and the Macedonian flag.) 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