The Badger State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field
  • “Wisconsin”
  • State coat of arms
  • White banner “Forward” (state motto)
  • Badger (state animal)
  • Sailor
  • Miner
  • Cornucopia
  • Stack of lead bars
  • Shield
  • Plow
  • Pickaxe and shovel
  • Arm and hammer
  • Anchor
  • United States shield and “E Pluribus Unum” (country motto meaning From one, many)
  • “1848

The flag of Wisconsin was adapted May 1, 1981.

The Indiana flag was ranked 65th in the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags.

Keep it simple: The coat of arms is complicated. There is even a shield in the shield. The details would be lost if viewed from 100 ft away on a flag pole.

Use meaningful symbolism: The sailor and the minor are representative of the most important industries when the state was founded. The cornucopia is symbolic of the plenty of the state and the lead bars are symbolic of the mineral wealth. There are thirteen bars to represent the thirteen colonies. Inside the shield we have fur sections, each representing the industries of the state (farming, mining, laborers, and sailing). 1848 is the year of statehood.

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

No lettering or seals: There is a coat of arms and words.

Be distinctive or be related: This is not a distinct flag. It looks like most state other flags.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This redesign has a cranberry chevron with a blue border on a white field. There is a white star. 

Use meaningful symbolism: The state motto is “forward” and I really wanted this flag to show that. The chevron points forward. The single star has five points, each representing and industry of Wisconsin; livestock, mining, sailing, farming, and manufacturing.

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.