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.
The current design
The current flag scored a 3.47/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, which makes it the 15th worst rated flag.
First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.
This design incorporates features of the current flag, the Mormon pioneer flag and the national flag. The thirteen stripes are from the national flag, in the colours of the Mormon pioneer flag, aiding recognition and suggesting a connection with both. Indeed, the majority of Utahns are Mormons, who form a significant part of Utah’s history. This design is also similar in that the main emblem is in the top left corner.
This emblem retains the blue field and golden circle from the current flag. The circle represents unity, the star represents the sun and the hexagon represents a beehive, the symbol of Utah. The twelve points of the sun reference the twelve hours, the twelve months, the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve regions in Utah; twelve is often seen as the number of perfection. The hexagon references Utah’s official nickname, “Beehive State”. The inclusion of only one beehive unit, in conjunction with the star, sends the message that every individual shines.
Its location in the canton (upper left corner) ensures its importance. When a flag wears out, the left hand side will be the last to remain. When it is not flying, that corner will be most visible part of the flag. When it is flying, the eye will be naturally attracted to that region as a starting point since the writing system we use goes from left to right and top to bottom.
In terms of colours, the blue represents the sky, the white represents salt and the gold represents the sun, vitality, life, warmth and power. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.