The Old Line State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Calvert family banner (gold and black pattern)

  • Crossland banner (red and white cross)

The Maryland flag was adapeted March 9, 1904. The Maryland colony was founded by Cecil Calvert. The flag is his coat of arms, the Calvert banner of his father’s side and the Crossland banner of his mother’s. 

This flag design holds pretty iconic. In the 2001 North American Vexillology Association’s survey of 72 American and Canadian flags, this flag came out as 4th best. I don’t fully agree with this, but I will give credit to the state that it is a pattern used often.

Keep it simple: I think that this is the only design element this flag struggles with. And boy does it struggle. It is very complex. 

Use meaningful symbolism: The flag has two parts to it, the Calvert banner and the Crossland banner. Each come together to symbolize the settler of Maryland.

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

No lettering or seals: This flag has no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: There is no doubt the Maryland is distinct.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: I tried to stay true to the original flag while simplifiying it. It now has elements of both in a simple way.

Use meaningful symbolism: The flag has the same symbolism.

Use two or three basic colors: I felt like this rule could be broken to give justice to the elements of the beloved original flag. This flag has four colors.

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

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.