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Ideas for New State Flags

November 1, 2013

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.

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