The Hoosier State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field

  • Gold torch with rays

  • Nineteen gold stars

  • “Indiana”

The flag of Indiana was adapted May 11, 1917. It is the only flag this state has had.

The Indiana flag was ranked 32nd in the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags.

Keep it simple: For the most part, this flag is really simple. The torch is well done and the rest of the shapes are really basic. The problem comes that this design is really busy. There is so much going on that it gets a little complicated.

Use meaningful symbolism: The torch of this flag is symbolic of enlightenment and liberty. The torches rays are symbolic of its far reaching influence. The thirteen stars on the lower part are symbolic of the original thirteen colonies and the six on top are symbolic of Indiana being the nineteenth state to join the United states.

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

No lettering or seals: The word “Indiana” is on this flag. There is no seal.

Be distinctive or be related: Other than having a blue field like 26 other state flags, the design of this flag is distinct.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: For this redesign, I simplified the amount of stars and took out the rays and “Indiana”

Use meaningful symbolism: The six stars on the flag symbolize this was the nineteenth state, sixth after the original thirteen. The white field is symbolisic of the far reaches of the state. The gold bar is representative of the state motto “Crossroads of America”.

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

No lettering or seals: I have taken out the lettering and there is no seal.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.