ASU Faculty Lecture will cover the significance of flag design

Eriksen’s redesign of the New Zealand flag.

According to Roger Eriksen, flag design is an area that goes relatively unnoticed by the general public. Eriksen, an Adams State University associate professor of art, will present The Importance of Good Flag Design at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Porter Hall room 130.

With regard to vexillography, Eriksen said good flag design must effectively represent an entire nation or region to the rest of the world and flags are living designs that come alive when hoisted and blown by the wind. "They represent the living nation."

During his lecture, Eriksen will share numerous alternate designs for US state flags incorporating the principles of good graphic design. Some examples will include replacing the seal on the State of Washington’s flag with a stylized, but graphically simple and symmetrical, bicolor profile of Mount Rainier within a white circle; replacing Kansas’s seal and name in block letters with a simple, elegant sunflower symbol centered on a green and blue horizontal bicolor; and replacing Oregon’s nameseal-and-date design, with a yellow wagon wheel on green and blue stripes.

All ASU Faculty Lectures in the series are free and open to the public. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, associate professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or