The United Flags of America

October 23rd, 2013 by in Links

Ed Mitchell has redesigned the 50 state flags (and Washington D.C.’s flag) with a design aesthetic that promotes the “United” part of our nation’s name.

Not too long ago I heard a radio piece about a city flag. Curiosity led me down the path to our state flags. I was immediately bothered by how discordant they are as a group, and I wasn’t surprised to learn they break just about every rule of flag design. (More on the official rules of flag design later.) When you look at them all together, there’s no indication they come from the same nation.

After removing items indicative of a divided nation (Civil War symbols, etc.) and using similar coloring throughout, Mitchell redesigned all 50 state flags following the 5 basic rules of flag design as dictated by the International Federation of Vexillological Association (FIAV):

To see the flags and the thought process behind each of their designs, head over to Accelerator.