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Jan 28, 2013


Now's time to look at Idaho. See current flag:

[Current flag]
This flag is very uncreative, and therefore too complicated to be an operative flag. It's a blue background with state seal and state name — by the way, have you ever noticed "State of Idaho" is written twice? There are too many details (a tied horse, have you saw?), and too square to American standards.

So, I've came with my own proposal:

[My design proposal]
The charge of the flag is an elk, a symbolic animal of state, present in the seal (inspiration comes from there). The original background was brown, but I decided to put it dark red, the color of the star garnet, a gem only found in Idaho and India, and consequently referential to state nickname, "The Gemstone State". 

Jan 20, 2013

DC and Washington

Washington D.C. and Washington state both took their name from George Washington. How much their flag should look like? Firstly, look at District of Columbia flag:

[Current flag - Design by Charles A.R. Dunn]
This flag I won't change. It's represents the DC incredibly well, and has a very thought origin: it's a rectangular version of the coat of arms (i.e. a banner of arms) of the family of George Washington, that gives the federal district the name.

Now, let's see Washington flag:

[Current flag]
Like DC flag, Washington state flag pays tribute to the USA independence hero George Washington, but in a very lazier way. As nobody wants Washington's face badly conceived on a flag, I think we should work it out. The easiest way to do it is mix Washington arms with state colors, like in these flag by grendelsbayne (very similar to one by Andrew Rogers):

[Proposed flag - Design by grendelsbayne]
This design is outstanding, and could do an excellent Washington flag, but I think I can do something by myself.

[My proposed flag]
A new arrangement, remarkable but still related to Washington arms.

Your comment is welcome!

Jan 5, 2013

Michigan and Minnesota

Some good initiatives started in internet, two of them I cited in Utah and Vermont pages. Today I'll show other two I like too much, one for Minnesota and one for Michigan. First, let's see Minnesota current flag:

[Current flag]
Well, I think it's one of worst American state flags. You can't understand everything's going on at first sight, and it's virtually impossible of being hand-drawn. And, if you tried, how many colors would you use? Seriously, only count the colors is difficult. Fortunately, there's a group of people called "North Star Flag" that are gaining some success:

[Proposed flag - Design by Rev. William Becker and Lee Herold]
Now you can draw and count the colors easily, can't you? See more about the design at . The symbolism is the following: blue for sky, white for winter, green for land, the start represents the "North Star" (state motto since statehood). Know more here. Curiously, it's very similar to one flag to a flag gained a newspaper-sponsored poll in 2001.

After that, there's Michigan. See current flag:

[Current flag]
The elk and the moose are sympathetic animals, but a flag isn't a good place for them. Only a standard generic flag: a coat of arms or seal in a blue background. Christopher Zervic came with a better design:

[Proposed flag - Design by Christopher Zervic]
Excellent flag, with simple and strong symbolism: the green part with two stars represents the two peninsulas that constitute the state; the five horizontal stripes represent the five Great Lakes (only four of them border Michigan, but whatever). You can see, in my other blog, a design I made mixing this and another proposal to Michigan flag:

[My proposed flag]
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