The Hawkeye State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • White field

  • Vertical blue bar

  • Vertical red bar

  • Eagle carrying ribbon

  • “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain” (state motto)

  • “Iowa”

The flag of Iowa was adapted March 29, 1921.

This flag has bad design elements, but I think that it is so American and so Iowa. The North American Vexillology Association ranked it 42nd in thier 2001 survery of 72 American and Canadian flags. 

Keep it simple: There is a lot of detail work to the eagle and the shaded parts of the ribbon.

Use meaningful symbolism: The blue bar symbolizes loyalty, justice and truth. The white field is purity. The red bar symbolizes courage. Together they show the connection to America and their origian as part of the French Louisiana territory.

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

No lettering or seals: The eagle and ribbon come from the state seal and there is a lot of words.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag relates to the French and American flags, but is a distinct representation of the state. 

The Redesign

Keep it simple: For this redesign, I simplified the eagle to be reminisent of the Native Americans of Iowa. 

Use meaningful symbolism: The colors of the flag still have the same symbolism. The eagle symbolizes the connection to the United States. It is stylized in tribute to the Native Americans of the state.

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

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.