The Last Frontier

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field
  • Eight gold stars

The Alaska flag was adapted May 2, 1927.

In the 2001 survey of American and Canadian flags, the North American Vexillology Association ranked this flag 5th.

Following Ted Kaye’s principles for good flag design, let’s see what makes this a good flag.

Keep it simple: The simple blue field with the eight gold stars .

Use meaningful symbolism: The eight gold stars are in the formation of the constellation Big Dipper and Polaris, the North Star. The Big Dipper, or the Ursa Major, is the Big Bear constellation. This is symbolic of strength. The North Star is a symbol of the states Northern location. The blue in the flag is symbolic of the state’s natural feature such as the ocean, skies, lakes, and wildflowers. 

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

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals on this flag.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct with the gold constellation. 

The Redesign

I do not think that this flag needs to be redseigned. It follows all the rules for good design but breaks them in the right ways. It is a powerful symbol of Alaska.