“Tagging” the Flag

•17 March 2007 • 1 Comment

Did you ever wonder what motivates the persons in state government positions who have charge of aesthetics assignments in regard to the art and advertising that promotes a state’s interests?

Are they the same who make decisions about the appearance of their state’s flag, for instance? Are they merely being responsive to the attention of the people who may have grown tired of or doubtful that their flag is being acknowledged by others? Who causes the change in design of a state flag? Continue reading ‘“Tagging” the Flag’


•16 March 2007 • Leave a Comment

UkraineWhen talking about one of the rules for designing a good flag, that of recommending scarcity of detail,  a philosopher could apply Occam’s Razor. That is, that from a number of explanations or reasons affecting a solution or answer, the choice is to pick the briefest, most clear conclusion.

In the same context in the world of art and architecture of the recent past, there arose a period that came to be called Minimalism. Mies van der Rohe and Buckminster Fuller often used the expression, “Less is More.” Like Occam’s Razor, the final solution is shorn of extraneousness; details fall away and simplicity is the result. Continue reading ‘Minimalism’

Reasons to Change the Minnesota State Flag

•5 March 2007 • 1 Comment

(with help from Brian Sweeney, New Zealand))

A flag should be the highly visible symbol of a state’s “presence.” It must be recognizable, flying in the wind, from a distance. Because the current Minnesota flag, since one minor change in 1957, does not resonate with Minnesotans, it is not very often flown. It is seen mainly at the Capitol, county courthouses, city halls, and ceremonies. Images and writing about the Minnesota flag are rarely seen on merchandise for sale in gift shops. Pictures of the flag are not found, for instance, on road maps offered to the public at Minnesota’s rest stop counters. The logo is not treated as a popular item. A visit to other states in America will show examples of what flags can mean to residents there as strong emotional symbols. For example, the Lone Star Flag in the State of Texas “resonates.”


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“L’Etoile du Nord”

•13 February 2007 • Leave a Comment

“L’Etoille du Nord” “La premiere qualite d’un drapeau (personnel, regional, national, etc.) est de plaire a celui ou ceux qu’il represente…a quoi bon dessiner un drapeau parfait si personne n’a envie de le defendre?” -Philippe Bondurand

“The Star of the North” “The FIRST quality of a flag (personal, regional, national, etc.) is that it must please those it represents….What is the use of a perfect flag if no one wants to support it.” (Translation).