The Sunshine State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • White field
  • Red cross (modified cross of St. Andrew)
  • State seal including sun rays, cocoa tree, steamboat on water, Indian female spreading flowers
  • “In God We Trust”
  • “Great Seal of the State of Florida”

The current flag was adapted in May of 1985.

The original flag of Florida included the cross of St. Andrew. This is a sawtooth cross found on the flags used by the Spanish settlers who colonized the area. A simplified version of the cross is used on the flag.

The design of the flag has a simple background, but an overly complicated seal. The North American Vexillology Association ranked this flag 34th in their survey of 72 American and Canadian flags.

Keep it simple: The seal on this flag is one of the most complicated seals used on a state flag. This is a problem.

Use meaningful symbolism: Using the simplified Cross of St. Andrew draws on the colonization of the state.

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

No lettering or seals: The seal is used on the flag

Be distinctive or be related: This flag does a great job of relating to the cross of St. Andrew. It shows the history of the state. However, the Alabama flag is also very much like the Florida flag.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: I chose to modify this flag by taking off the seal. I left the yellow circle and changed the symbolism of it, but this leaves a much simpler flag.

Use meaningful symbolism: The use of the modified cross of St. Andrew speaks to the settlement of Florida. The seal was changed to a yellow circle. This is to symbolize the sun. 

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

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

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.