These are my proposals for most of the state flags. I wanted to strip the flags to their basics, to adhere to these five rules:
- Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag's images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
- Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors.
- No Lettering or Seals.
- Be Distinctive or Be Related.
Unfortunately, only a few of them adhere to all five rules, which motivated me to do this. The flags that follow those rules are excluded.
I myself am a fan of the mind that nobody can have a California flag without the bear. I also added blue and gold, as California is the only state flag that uses none of the state colors. The star is made gold, as I don’t want to make it look too much like Ken Morton’s proposal.
This will be the next flag I'll do. It'll be exactly the same, except that there will be a white outline around the "C", to make it more visible. This will probably be the only exception to the "2-3 color" rule, as it received a high score in the 2001 NAVA survey.
A purple field containing 13 white “grapes” (representing the colonies, which Connecticut was one of).
While I find the concept interesting (a flag based on Washington’s uniform), I wanted something simple, so I took inspiration from Ed Bressler’s second design and combined it with the colors of the Delaware flag to make something truly special.
Inspired by the pre-1956 flag, the hoist features a simplified version of Georgia’s seal.
I was born there, for the record. The person represents a warrior, representing that Illinois is the Algonquin word for “warrior”. His shield is a carryover from the current Illinois flag. I wanted to create a flag that was distinctly Illinois, as the one currently in use uses a generic illustration of an eagle. Take out the name “Illinois” (which wasn’t there from 1917 to 1969), remove the years, and it can be used for any state.
The confederate cross canton was replaced with a blue hoist featuring a white silhouette of the Magnolia flag’s tree.
As you can see, I based it on the Dutch flag, as I figured that it being a Dutch colony at first would be a more interesting fact than it having been a British colony. The flower is the white rose, New York’s state flower. Its five petals represent New York City's five boroughs. The three colors represent Holland, England, and the US, from top to bottom.
First, I didn’t want to get rid of the flag’s unique shape. People like the shape, so I see no point in making it rectangular. Second, all the stars are now gone. Third, I added a white circle in the center of the bullseye to reference that the state was founded in 1803.
The green is a nod to the Green Mountain Boys flag, the tree is an element of the current Vermont flag, and the 13 stars are taken from the Betsy Ross flag.
The image of Washington is simplified, and the stripes are a nod to the Doug flag of Cascadia.