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Category: Heraldry & Vexillology

Oregon Vexillology

Oregon’s flag is unique in that it has a different design on the front than on the reverse. The front is a typical state flag featuring the state seal and the year Oregon was accepted into the Union.

Front side of the current Oregon flag.

The reverse features a beaver facing the hoist. This side actually exhibits some degree of good vexillological design for the following reasons:

  • The elements would make sense as a mirror image, so that it doesn’t matter which side of the flag you observed, it would be readily understood.
  • The elements are large and can be easily seen from distance.
  • Few colors are used.
Reverse side of the current Oregon flag.

Consider the following potential redesigns. Each calls upon elements of the current flag, whether they be color or symbol.

Alternate design for the flag of Oregon.
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Alternate design for the Oregon flag.
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