The Centennial State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Fesses (three horizontal bars) blue, white, blue

  • Red C

  • Gold disk

The Colorado flag was adapted March 31, 1964.

In the 2001 survery of American and Canadian flags, the North American Vexillology Association ranked this flag 16th.

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

Keep it simple: This simple flag is effective at represnting the state of Colorado.

Use meaningful symbolism: The colors are symbolic in this flag of the enviromental features. The blue is for the skies, the white for the snowcapped mountains, the red for the soil, and the gold for the abundant sunshine.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see four colors being used. The blue and red are the same shade as their respective colors on the American flag.

No lettering or seals: We do see the letter C in this flag. I believe that it is okay in this instance because it is used in a way that is both artistic and symbolic.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct while still relating to the American flag with its colors.

The Redesign

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