Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Designs For State Flags


As if we haven't had enough lunacy in our United States of America... Ed Mitchell now wants all of the States in the country to change their flags to promote "unity".

Personally, I think someone has too much time on his hands.
"Industrial designer Ed Mitchell has redesigned each of the flags of the states in the union to make them each carry a unified design across all 50 states.

Why? They didn’t look like they belonged together.

“When you look at them all together, there’s no indication they come from the same nation,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell, who works for product design firm Bresslergroup in Philadelphia, took a look at the flags of all 50 states and was bothered by the lack of a blanket design scheme. “Discordant” was how he described them as a group on the project’s website. They also broke every rule of flag design. Yes, there are rules to flag design.

Those rules include simplicity (meaning a child could draw it from memory), relevant symbolism, no more than three basic colors, no text or seals, and a distinctive look that doesn’t ape other flags.

Mitchell set about unifying color and proportion across all fifty flags, using a vibrant red, white, and blue for each, while retaining some sense of symbolism for each. Mitchell only wanted to use the colors in the American flag. He says that what he ended up with represents a more united America.

As they stand now, our state flags have no unity, Mitchell says."
An article in Wired states:
"Mitchell’s first move was to strip away “everything that reminded me of a divided nation,” he writes. All the Confederate-related stars and bars had to go. He took up some new symbols: the star and the stripe, for obvious reasons, along with the eagle, the olive branch, the shield, and Lady Liberty. He focused on geography as a key to a state’s visual identity, using blue to represent water, and triangles to represent hills, valleys and mountains. He also shrunk down the proportion of the flag, making it 1 by 1.5–a slightly boxier version than the longer 1 by 1.9 American flag, and a shape that looks appropriately subordinate flying under the Stars and Stripes on a flagpole."

So this guy thinks that the only colors that should be used in state flags are red white and blue and that the flags should be very simplistic. He wants to ditch any hint of history, symbolism and state seals and change the sizes of the flags as well.

The thing is this... every state in the union is not a clone of the federal government. They do not exist for the federal government.  The fact is that each state in our union SHOULD be different and unique. Every state was meant to be a laboratory that tries out different ways of governing and different ways of solving problems that face their citizens. Our union is merely a collection of individual self governing states. So it's our diversity which makes us successful. State flags represent their uniqueness and defines them, be it through their state seal, or some other icon. There's no need to have them look alike or cede their identity to a "higher governing power".

This whole notion of state flags promoting "unity" under the red, white and blue is a bunch of hogwash meant to dilute the importance of state sovereignty and individuality and obliterate an element of a state's identity.

We might as well think of this as the dumbing down of American flag design.

I hope you take a moment to look at the flag designs Mitchell proposes.
They are childish, meaningless, cold, simplistic and unnecessary; certainly not as colorful, or interesting as our current collection of state flags.

I sure hope Mitchell's idea goes nowhere.


These are state flags to fly and be proud of.
They represent the diverse fabric and history of this country.

1 comment:

Libertarian Advocate said...

Business must be REAL slow for Mr. Mitchell, though I can see Dannel Malloy falling for such a scam.

Anyway, good to see you're back at it Judy!