Alabama

The Yellowhammer State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • White field
  • Red saltire (cross)

The flag of Alabama was adapted on February 16, 1895. Alabama had a blue flag predating the current flag that included Lady Liberty. The flag was changed during the time of the Jim Crow laws and the rise of segrigation. It is commonly thought to be a simplification of the Confederate war flag due to the timing. However, it is the cross of St. Andrew, the Spanish flag for the territory of Florida (Alabama was West Florida).

As far as design goes, it’s a good flag. I almost didn’t want to redesign the flag as it is so well done. However, as I researched more, I found that there was more history to Alabama that would be a better representation of the state. 

Keep it simple: This flag excels at being simple! 

Use meaningful symbolism: The symbolism of this flag is rich in history, but very often confused with the wrong history. The cross of St. Andrews is a powerful connection to the settlement of the area.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see two colors being used.

No lettering or seals: This flag has neither.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is almost an exact copy of the Spanish settlers and Florida. 

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This redesign includes a gold border and centered star on a blue field.

Use meaningful symbolism: I almost didn’t redesign this state flag, however, I saw the original flag of Alabama and knew that it needed to be brought back. In the original flag, Lady Liberty is holding a blue flag with a golden border. The state name is writen on it and under the lettering is a single golden star. The star is a representation of the state motto, “Independent Now and Forever”. Referencing the old flag symbolizes acknowleding history while ever improving.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see two colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seald.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct while relating to a past flag.