The current flag of Alabama is undeniably a very strong design, elegant and beautiful in its simplicity. It is, however, also a strong reference to the civil war, and has been and is used for all the wrong reasons - so I wanted to replace it with something that doesn't carry the same burden of history, but can nevertheless be a strong and beautiful symbol.
I looked at the Standard of the Governor of Alabama, and found a beautiful picture of cotton, which I enlarged for my first design. When converting all my designs, this was the one that I didn't do, because the result that I expect from it didn't seem to justify the effort involved. The second design is an abstraction of the first, and I do think it is an appealing flag.
I made two designs to replace the flag of Florida. For the first one I changed the flag just a little bit. In the center is the floridian orange. The colors are taken from the old flag and seal. The orange design is copied from proposal "Szwab".
The second design can be described as follows: In the center is the floridian orange. The red, white and yellow in the top half, as well as the diagonal cross, remind us of the Spanish heritage. In the bottom half is the land, with seas on either side and beaches in between. All colors are taken from the old flag and seal. The orange design is copied from proposal "Szwab".
The current flag of Georgia lacks symmetry and has too many stars, but it does have a nice uniquely identifying Georgian symbol: the three pillars under the constitution. In my design the three pillars symbol is made more abstract and moved to the center of the flag. All colors used are colors of the current flag.
The flag of Indiana is beautiful, but does contain the word "Indiana", which has to go. The most obvious fix for that (i.e. removing the word) has been proposed many times by others, so I took it a step further and looked if I could rearrange the stars in such a way that the flag as a whole seems less fragile.
The current flag of Kentucky helped me nothing. The color blue is awful, and two men shaking hands may be an important symbol in the world, but it doesn't make for a beautiful flag. So, I went looking for other symbols, and - like many others before me - quickly found out that horses are probably the most powerful symbol for Kentucky. For the colors of my flags I took samples from a close up photograph of real bluegrass and a photograph of horses.
Sadly, I am not very good at drawing horses myself, so I went looking for a picture in the public domain that I could use, and I found two that seemed suitable. The horse of proposals 1 and 3 was a drawing of just the black parts - I added the colors myself. After having made proposals 1 and 2 I realized that the horse on number 1 is the wrong way around, if the manes are to wave with the wind, so I made a third proposal.
The number of stripes has - up to now - no special meaning, other than alluding to the US flag and adding the suggestion of speed to the horses - but if anyone can find a very important reason why this is the exact right number of stripes for Kentucky, I'm all ears.
For the new flag of Mississippi I reused the colors of the current flag, but changed the symbols. All the stars have disappeared, and instead we see the river Mississippi flowing south.
In the first design I combined that with a branch of mimosa. (I used the stylized mimosa drawing from http://clipart-library.com/clipart/n1171795.htm for that.) In the second design I depicted "magnolia" with 5-fold symmetry - a flower that does not exist but has been used by others before me. In the third I used a more realistic magnolia flower.
The current flag of Ohio is remarkable, but didn't give me any clues for a new design. For that I looked at the Standard of the Governor of Ohio. The scenery and the colors that I found on it were the inspiration for the new flag.
It's not easy to come up with variations of the current flag of Tennessee, as it has a really strong design. The only thing that I don't like about it is the non standard aspect ratio - which is solved in this proposal. The other thing I changed is the colouring of the stars and circle in the center, making the design a little less complicated.