Arkansas

The Natural State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Red field

  • White lozenge (diamond) with blue border

  • Twenty-five white stars on blue border

  • Four blue stars in lozenge

  • “Arkansas”

The Arkansas flag was adapted February 26, 1913 but has had modifications made as recently as 2011. 

As far as design goes, it’s almost a good flag. There is very little I would change about this flag. In the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 flags of American and Canada and ranked this flag 45th. This was pre current modifications. As we walk through Ted Kaye’s principles of good flag design we see how well it follows most of the rules.

Keep it simple: This is a really simple and straightforward design. The colors are simple and work well with the simple shapes.

Use meaningful symbolism: The official colors of the flag are Old Glory Red and Old Glory Blue. This is a symbol of the American dream. The lozenge is used to symbolize that Arkansas is the only diamond producing state. The four stars in the middle represent the nations the state has been apart of; Spain, France, America, and the Confederacy. The twenty five stars on the blue border symbolize Arkansas being the 25th state in the Union.

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

No lettering or seals: This is the design element that this flag fails at. It has lettering. The flag should be enough of a representation of what it symbolizes that it doesn’t need to say.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is related to the American flag, using the colors and stars, but is still very distinct.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This redesign keeps the original simplicity.

Use meaningful symbolism: Taking the wording off, we let the symoblism speak.

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

No lettering or seals: I have taken out the wording.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.