Monday, April 2, 2012

New Flag for Nevada

Nevada, home of deserts, Las Vegas, and Area 51 (which probably doesn't have aliens, my sole reason being that if the government can't cover up a break in at a hotel, I doubt they could hid a spaceship for this long).  The flag for this state should be interesting and dynamic, but sadly, this is not the case:


Nevada's flag is blue.  There is a little seal in the corner to keep it from being a blue version of Libya's old flag, but it still isn't very interesting.  I like the phrase "Battle Born" (used because Nevada became a state during the Civil War), but that doesn't mean it belongs on the flag.  This flag was also designed in a contest, and unlike Alaska, this contest didn't turn out so well.  Luckily, Nevada had another flag back at the beginning of the 20th century, so let's take a look:


I like this flag better than the current one, but we would need to do something about the text.  Even though the key feature of this flag is words, I toyed with the idea of leaving it as is.  It makes a very simple statement "We are Nevada. We have silver and gold.  That is all."  It was referring to the rich mineral wealth of the state, but it could be interpreted today to be a reference to casinos as well.  Eventually, I decided to use the flag as a template and this is the result:


Using the color scheme the flag already had, I turned the word "Silver" into a silver stripe, the word "Gold" into a gold stripe, and removed the word "Nevada" completely.  I re-centered the stars, and as there are 36 and Nevada was the 36th state, I didn't think any further changes were necessary.

8 comments:

  1. I like the horizontal bicolor a lot, but it would be great without the mess of stars or make them more uniform.

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    1. I have to disagree with you this time. Usually, I'm all for putting a flag's stars in some sort of logical order, but in this particular case I've left them alone (aside from adjusting the spacing) because they maintain the aesthetic of the old flag in a direct way.

      I will admit that I probably should have made the stars alternate colors by line, because silver-gold-gold-silver isn't great, but I'm going to stand by this one, at least until I have a better idea.

      Thanks for your comment, it definitely gives me more to think about.

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  2. Very good!

    Could you answer something: why two stars are, in original flag, bigger tha others? Is there some meaning?



    P.S. It would be more contrastant with a darker blue.

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    1. I've been doing some research, but have been unable to find a reason that those two stars are so much bigger than the others. My guess is that they serve to highlight how important silver was to the state. Nevada did have some gold mines, but it was really famous for all the silver that was found. But like I said, just a guess.

      How much darker would you go with the blue? I used the same shade as the old Nevada flag, mostly because it was easy, but one of my early drafts had much brighter gold and silver. That made it look too much like neon though, so I didn't use it.

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  3. In decimal RGB scale, something like 0,30,80, or, in hexadecimal RGB scale, #001E50.

    Thinking more, I don't believe it's so needed...

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