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Old February 6 2014, 10:19 PM   #16
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I'm a fan of very simple designs for flags. Ideally, a 3 year old should be able to draw it.
That's why I still love the Earth flag that Ron Cobb (Yep, the same Ron Cobb who helped design "Star Wars" and "Alien") came up w/ back in 1969, and which was later adopted by the ecology movement.

I really like that. I'm not completely convinced by the green field: make it sky blue, and we could have a winner. (B.J., thanks for the additional information.)

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Personally, I would say that the US flag is a pretty strong design even if it's admittedly rather busy. But on the other hand, it's such a common visual that's it's difficult to assess it aesthetically without personal feelings creeping in.
Yeah, but in relation to your previous comment, you'd be hard pressed to find a 3 year old who is willing to draw 50 5-pointed stars in the correct pattern, or even count out the proper number of stripes.
True. But as I said, it has such an emotional resonance that overrides the busy design (even for non-Americans: blame your hegemony of the entertainment field! )

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And I wasn't just talking about our national flag, but also our state flags. For example, I grew up in Oregon, so my state flag looked like this:

Ok. That is just ugly. Of the US state flags, the only ones that can be saved are Texas, Alabama, and maybe New Mexico. A couple can be reworked into something bearable with a few changes (Colorado has promise, and Alaska is cool in concept).

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Here's another version I thought of. It's more simplistic and more traditionally proportioned.



The yellow circle represents the Sun. In the middle is the astrological symbol for Earth filled in with ocean blue, with the moon next to it. The characters on either side of the sun are the astrological symbols for the other eight planets (I included Pluto for the sake of make it symmetrical).
Mh. Strictly personal opinion, but I don't think it works very well.
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Old February 6 2014, 11:11 PM   #17
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Sadly, I havent seen one yet that I like. The astrological signs for the planets don't work for me. The Earth divided into quarters doesn't work. Not sure that the Moon should be on the flag (probably would have its own). Sun shouldn't be on the flag. The Earth day flag doesn't work because it's been coopted for other purposes. I'd like to see one with a blue-green-white globe on dark navy background, perhaps from polar orbit?
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Old February 7 2014, 07:58 PM   #18
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Here's the best one I've seen. Although there was an edit by someone else that added a second band for the Kuiper belt.

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Old February 7 2014, 08:52 PM   #19
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Old February 7 2014, 09:20 PM   #20
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I'd think the Martians might object to that flag.
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Old February 8 2014, 12:51 AM   #21
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The U. Oregon Ducks called: they want their flag back.
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Old February 8 2014, 06:19 AM   #22
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The U. Oregon Ducks called: they want their flag back.
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Old February 9 2014, 04:26 AM   #23
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Ok. That is just ugly. Of the US state flags, the only ones that can be saved are Texas, Alabama, and maybe New Mexico. A couple can be reworked into something bearable with a few changes (Colorado has promise, and Alaska is cool in concept).
A graphic designer redid all the flags last year.

I like 'em.

The blue flag with the seals and the state name are usually ranked towards the bottom of the vexillologists' rankings.
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Old February 9 2014, 05:31 AM   #24
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Don't care for the California one. Where's the bear?
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Old February 9 2014, 05:57 AM   #25
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Ok. That is just ugly. Of the US state flags, the only ones that can be saved are Texas, Alabama, and maybe New Mexico. A couple can be reworked into something bearable with a few changes (Colorado has promise, and Alaska is cool in concept).
A graphic designer redid all the flags last year.

I like 'em.

The blue flag with the seals and the state name are usually ranked towards the bottom of the vexillologists' rankings.
Man, I never realized how sad state flags are.

WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON ON A FLAG!

could be more original y/n
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Old February 9 2014, 06:01 AM   #26
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Simply put: No.

We already use those colors (sans revision)—in the American flag. We're also already symbolized as being in rank and file with the other states, as a star in the American flag. We fly our flag below the American flag. Further normalization is both redundant and distasteful.

At least there is something manifestly Kentuckian on our flag as it is. While this artist (he or she speaks in the first person, but where the hell is the artist's name, anyway?!?) at least attempted to abstract the seal, there is literally nothing about the flag design that is intrinsically Kentuckian. On that account, it may as well have come from a Cracker Jack box.

As for experts ranking our flag near the bottom, I suppose that if the flags were all improved, there wouldn't be any flags ranking at the bottom anymore?
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Old February 9 2014, 06:45 AM   #27
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We already use those colors (sans revision)—in the American flag. We're also already symbolized as being in rank and file with the other states, as a star in the American flag. We fly our flag below the American flag. Further normalization is both redundant and distasteful.
I mostly agree. While I think many if not most state flags could use a redesign, especially the ones that are simply the state seal on a plain background, these just don't work. Restricting them to a few simple shapes and the same three colors robs them of any kind of individuality or identity. Not to mention it causes them to all blend together and be entirely forgettable.

Unity through diversity is the ideal that America has always tried to strive for, and that should be present in its flags. The Star-Spangled Banner is what represents our unity, so the state flags should be diverse as possible. The should be a proud representation of the unique "flavor" of that particular state. Not just variations of stars, stripes, and triangles in red, white, and blue.
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Old February 9 2014, 04:10 PM   #28
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I recently designed ranks and insignia for the Defense Forces of a united Earth and just decided to use the UN flag. My guess is that that will be the flag for Earth.

http://s429.photobucket.com/user/Mic...nflag.gif.html
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Old February 9 2014, 09:51 PM   #29
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A graphic designer redid all the flags last year.

I like 'em.

The blue flag with the seals and the state name are usually ranked towards the bottom of the vexillologists' rankings.
I think many Texans would be pissed
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Old February 9 2014, 10:03 PM   #30
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Ok. That is just ugly. Of the US state flags, the only ones that can be saved are Texas, Alabama, and maybe New Mexico. A couple can be reworked into something bearable with a few changes (Colorado has promise, and Alaska is cool in concept).
A graphic designer redid all the flags last year.

I like 'em..
I generally like the designs, but I could live with more colours.
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