|I wish I could say this is the worst flag in the country,|
but two dozen other state flags give it a run for its money.
Flags are icons of whatever they represent. When you see a flag, you should immediately be able to tell what it stands for. It's strange that the United States, one of the flag-wavingest countries in the world, has so many subpar state flags.
|From afar, do you have any idea which state's flag this is?|
If not, it's failed as a flag.
Why? Roughly half the states in the country have adopted the "boring state seal + bland navy blue background" format for their flag. Some state flags even have the name of the state spelled out
on them, defeating the entire purpose of having a flag to represent them. Think of the state with the most proud residents of all: Texas. It's one of the few states to produce a decent flag. This is no coincidence; if you care about your state, chances are you've given it a good flag.
There will always be a few exceptions, but the North American Vexillological Association defines a "good flag" by five basic principles
- 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 two or three basic colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
- No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be distinctive or be related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
You've already seen Wisconsin and Idaho, but they're hardly the only culprits. Let's take a gander. Do these flags evoke the spirit of their state? If you're from one of the states on this list, do you feel a passionate connection to your state flag? If you stand a few feet away from your computer, can you identify any of these or tell them apart from one another? Some of these might be nice if I were judging state seals. But I'm not. They're supposed to be flags.
|Delaware. Bonus points for a slightly different color.|
Bonus points taken away for the big ol' date at the bottom.
|It's white! But it's also terrible.|
|The state seal is actually quite nice. But the flag isn't.|
|At least you can tell what state it is. But if they have to|
put the name on it, it's defeated the purpose of being a flag.
|Nebraska. At least the seal is bigger than most others!|
|Nevada. I almost want to like it because the logo is off-center.|
|New Jersey. Ooh, buff-colored!|
|This one would actually be a good flag|
if they took the name off the bottom.
|The only state flag where the front is different from the back.|
The back looks like this.
|Pennsylvania. Those dark horses and dark eagle|
on the dark background really pop.
|Utah. This one's fun because it has|
not one, but two different years listed on it!
|Virginia. It's edgy! It's got an exposed boob on it!|
Too edgy for the state's attorney general,
who tried getting it covered up.
|Washington state. At least it's green.|
|West Virginia, with a nice picture-frame look.|
I've actually got a future article planned on the Canadian provincial flags!ReplyDelete