Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.
Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.
10th anniversary update
This proposal has taken on a life its own and gone viral since 2009! It was adapted for regicollis’ DeviantArt project and Ben Karnell’s list of best US state proposals. In its original form, my design was also directly plagiarised and claimed by a user on the Vexillology Wiki (not cool!). I’m pleasantly surprised – I never promoted these pages anywhere else, and I never expected this particular design to get popular. A good design is adaptable, spreads on its own merits and is worth imitating, so I’m happy that this design is proven to be good on such terms.
The current design
The current flag scored a 3.17/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, which is the 9th worst rating.
First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.
The overall design depicts mountainous terrain underneath a blue sky, which is in the same shade as the blue on the national flag. The eight pointed star represents the sun, vitality and life. Its brilliance reflects the official nickname “The Gem State”, with the whole design echoing another nickname, “Gem of the Mountains”. It also represents the high aspirations and achievements of Idaho. More generally, the blue represents the sky and the ocean, the white represents the snow and the green represents the land. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.