This design is part of my 2009 flag proposal series (the flag designs from my old site with the most hits and ratings).
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 directly plagiarised by a user on the Vexillology Wiki (not cool!) and modified versions were featured in regicollis’ DeviantArt project and Ben Karnell’s list of best US state proposals.
Although I’m not happy to have been plagiarised, I’m very pleased that the merit of this design has been proven by being spread by others, even though I never directly shared or promoted this page with those people.
The current design
The current flag scored a 3.17/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, making it the ninth worst flag in North America.
First off, this design is simple enough to be remembered by a child, yet distinctive enough to be identified at a distance.
The overall design reflects the nickname “Gem of the Mountains”. It depicts green mountains, white snowy mountain tops, a clear blue sky and a brilliant golden star. The star depicts both a life-giving sun and a brilliant gem, reflecting the official state nickname “The Gem State”. Apart from a literal depiction of a landscape, the flag also represents the high aspirations and achievements of Idaho. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.
Vector files available on request.