Ohio

The Buckeye State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Swallowtail design (not a rectangular flag)

  • Blue triangle

  • Seventeen stars

  • White circle with red center

  • Three red stripes

  • Two white stripes

The flag of Ohio was adapted May 9, 1902

In the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags the Ohio flag was ranked 15th.

Keep it simple: This flag is simple in design, however, the shape of the flag is not standard.  

Use meaningful symbolism: The red and white stripe are symbolic of the waterways and roads in the state. The blue triangle represents the mountains and hills. The circles are often taken to be symbolic of “O” for “Ohio”, but officially is symbolic of a buckeye. Ohio is the 17th state and there are 17 stars. Thirteen stars are on one side of the cirle to symbolise the original thirteen colonies.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used. These are the same colors as the American flag.

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

Be distinctive or be related: This is a very distinct flag while relating to the American flag.

The Redesign

Keep it simple:  Making the Ohio flag a standard flag size simplifies the design a lot. I also took out the stars.

Use meaningful symbolism: The symbolism of the flag is the same.

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

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

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.