Texas

The Lone Star State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Vertical blue bar

  • Horizontal red bar

  • Horizontal white bar

  • White star on blue bar

The Texas flag was originally adapted as the national flag for the Republic of Texas on January 25, 1839. When the state became the 28th state, it kept the flag.

This is one of my personal favorite state flags. I would easily put it as top five desgins. The North American Vexillology Association puts it as the second best state flag following New Mexico.

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

Keep it simple: This flag is beautifully simple. The three bars and the lone star are used well.

Use meaningful symbolism: The red is symbolic of bravery, the white is purity, and the blue is loyalty. The lone star was used as a symbol of indepence from Mexico. 

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 struggle a little on this front. It is commonly mistook for the Chilian and North Carolina flag. It was designed before North Carolina, but after Chile.

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 Texas.