Utah

The Beehive State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field

  • State seal

  • Golden circle

  • Bald eagle holding six arrows

  • Two American flags

  • “1896”

  • White shield

  • “Industry” (state motto)

  • Beehive

  • Sego lilly (state flower)

  • “Utah”

  • “1847”

The basic design on this flag was created in 1913, but was most recently modified February 16, 2011.

This flag was ranked 58th out of 72 flags in America and Canada by the North American Vexillology Association in their 2001 survey.

Keep it simple: As far a “seal on a bedsheet” flags go, this isn’t terrible. There are lots of details that are going to get lost when viewed at 100 ft away (like on a flag pole), but the seal has very few componants compared to other states.

Use meaningful symbolism: The eagle has his wings stretched out to symbolize the protection the United States brings. The eagle is holding six arrows representing the six tribes of Native Americans in Utah. The two flags represent the commitment the state has to the country. The sego lily symbolizes peace. The beehive is a symbol of industry. “1847” is the year that the Mormon Pioneers settled and “1896” is when statehood was recieved.

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

No lettering or seals: There is a seal and lettering on this flag.

Be distinctive or be related: As state flags go, over half of them use their state seal on a blue field. This flag follows that trend and is not distinct.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This flag redesign includes a simple beehive on a blue field with gold and white boarder.

Use meaningful symbolism: The white is symbolic of peace. The gold symbolizes freedoms given by United States such as  religion, a prominate force behind the citizens. The blue is symbolic of protection. The beehive is a symbol of industry. It is divided into six parts for the six Native American tribes.

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 with the bright gold beehive.