New Mexico

Land of Enchantment

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Yellow field
  • Red Zia sun

The New Mexico flag was adapted March 15, 1925.

This is my favorite flag of all time. The North American Vexillology Association rates the New Mexico flag as the best flag in American and Canada. 

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

Keep it simple: The Zia sun is a simple symbol used on the flag. 

Use meaningful symbolism: The Zia are a prominant Native American tribe in New Mexico. They hold the sun in highest esteem and their symbol of the sun is repesentative of a full life. In the sun we see four being represented as four is a sacred number. We have four groups of four rays in each direction. They represent the four cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west), four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter), four periods of the day (morning, noon, evening, and night), and the four stages of life (childhood, youth, middle years, old age). 

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see two colors being used, both are from old Spain.

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

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.

The Redesign

I do not think that this flag needs to be redseigned. I think that follows all the rules for good design, is used well, and is a powerful symbol of New Mexico.