Wyoming

The Equality State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Red outer border

  • White inner border

  • Blue field

  • Silloutte of Bison (State mammal)

  • State seal

  • “1869” (Organization of territories)

  • “1890” (Wyoming entering union)

  • Lady Liberty holding a staff with ribbon that reads “Equal Rights” (state motto)

  • Livestock man 

  • Miner

  • Lamps on pillars

  • Scrolls “Oil”, “Mines”, “Livestock”, and “Grain”

The flag of Wyoming was adapted January 31, 1917.

In the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags the Wyoming flag was ranked 23rd.

Keep it simple: The bison on the flag is as simple as one can have the silhouette of the animal. The seal in the center complicated the flag. It’s not a simple seal and parts of it are so small that it is difficult to see.

Use meaningful symbolism: The red is symbolic of the native americans as well as the blood of the pioneers. The white is represents purity and uprightness. The blue is symbolic of the skies, the mountains, fidelity, justice and virility.

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: The seal used on the flag is detailed and small.

Be distinctive or be related: This is a very distinct flag with the border and the bison.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: I took the Wyoming flag, and took of the seal, making it simpler in design.

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: I have taken out the seal and there is no lettering.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.