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Hello everyone! This is my first ever attempt at making a jersey concept and also my first time ever using Adobe Illustrator. I decided to work on making a new home jersey for the Canes that takes the best elements of their old uniforms as well as the new ones such as the warning flag stripes and the extended yoke, I also took the 2 white stripes that's on the current home uniform and incorporated it. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out but let me know what you think and any advice for the future! FirstCanesConcept.pdf
I posted a thread in the General Design forum about bad flag design and a wonderful TED talk on the subject. Speaker Roman Mars encouraged listeners to not accept their bland, terrible city flags and in a digital sense, I've taken that message to heart. I thought I would spin up a thread in the Concepts forum for a proper place to post city flag concepts and updates. I don't intend to monopolize this thread with solely my own designs, so please feel free to contribute and add any other city flags that you may have reworked, recolored, retouched, or otherwise made better for the sake of good design. I'd like to restrict this to city, county and/or local municipality flags, please. I know that levels of government aren't quite the same in other nations (besides the US/CAN demographic of 99% of this site), so please use your best judgement. State/Province flags get a lot of concept love, so I don't think we need to see ANOTHER reworking of Mississippi, etc. Same goes for national flags because as Mars calls out in his talk most country-level flags have fantastic design simply because the stakes are too high on an international level. So let's see what CCSLC'ers have come up with!
Over in the License Plate thread, I mentioned flag redesigns, and I didn't want to go off topic too much, so here it is, the Vexillological Thread! Of the 50 state flags in the US, over 20 of them are essentially identical, a state seal (which has too much detail to be recognizable from a distance) on a field of color. Most of those fields are blue, save that of Washington. Honestly, from a distance, can anyone tell the difference between my home state of Montana's flag and that of Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, Connecticut, Virginia, Utah, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Vermont? Not really. Blue with a seal on it. There are states with truly great and unique flags. One can easily rally behind the flags of Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, South Carolina, Colorado and Arizona and Alaska. They are bold, unique, full of symbolism. (My favorite is Alaska, but I'm biased. New Mexico is another great one.) Ohio is the only non-rectangular flag. So it's unique and distinct. Maryland's flag is complex, but totally unique and recognizable. Oregon fits with the seal-on-a-bedsheet crowd except for one unique feature, it's double sided. And the blue field with a gold beaver is pretty awesome. Indiana is predominantly blue and gold, but the torch/stars combo is pretty distinct. Rhode Island's flag is square, so that's unusual and it's been around since 1640, so there's something to say for that! Other flags can't seem to rid themselves of history - Hawaii having a Union Jack as part of it's flag is odd. Mississippi has a corner dedicated to the flag of the Confederacy. Subtle! Some flags are great, but could use minor tweaks to make them even better. Arkansas, for example, doesn't need the actual word "Arkansas" on it. Wyoming could ditch the seal entirely and just use the bison on blue with red border. ---- The Montana state flag has roots in the Spanish-American War, as it was taken into battle by the Montanans serving in that conflict. The blue was lighter, then, but the seal was essentially the same, depicting mountains, the Great Falls of the Missouri River, a plow to represent agriculture and a shovel/pick to represent mining, and a banner with the motto "Oro y Plata" (gold and silver in Spanish - for a state that was never native Spanish speaking, our slogan and state name are both Spanish. Odd.) I think a flag should be similar to a logo, bold, unique, easy to remember. In a way, it's a logo for a state. So let's do a little brand analysis for Montana. What are we known for? * Big Sky * Mountains * Agriculture * Mining * Outdoor activities (skiing, fishing, hunting.) When we went through a similar thought process for our state quarter, we ended up with mountains and the bison skull. I have heard people respond negatively, saying it was odd we'd represent our state with a symbol of death. However, that's not what the bison skull is. In Native American culture, the bison is a very strong symbol - it represents prosperity, strong, independence and freedom. And the skull represents sacrifice and the responsibility to be a good steward. The Native Americans hunted bison, but they did so responsibly, they used every bit of the beast out of respect to it. The skull represents that respect of the sacrifice the animal made to them. That's why I've come to think of the bison skull as a very good symbol for the state. It represents the good things in Montanans. We're taught to be responsible stewards of the wonderful natural resources we have. We're independent, strong, and roam free. Our current flag is require by law to have a blue field (the blue is not defined, but is often navy), with the state seal and gold fringe on the top and the bottom. I've gone through tons of ideas for years thinking about the flag. And I'm honestly not sure I've come up with a solution worth posting. I've had variations of the letter "M" formed by mountains. I've had gold and silver, I've had lakes, rivers, mountains, snow, all kinds of things. Eventually, I boiled it down to one thing, and I think I like it. (Although I may not like it tomorrow.) I retained the gold fringe on the top and bottom and used a color known as "Big Sky Blue" that was used by the Great Northern Railroad. My bison skull reflects the shape of the western side of the state, and the "V" shape kind of creates a valley. What do you guys think? A worthy change? A waste of time?