Oregon flies this from the pole?

Oregon’s state flag is just short of a monstrosity. The front has minute details in a seal that are nearly impossible to see on a flag. This double-sided beast is expensive to make and doesn’t fly well because it is so heavy.
The front.
The back actually could stand on its own as a flag. (The image would usually be depicted the reverse of this since the beaver would be displayed looking at the hoist.)

Here are a few alternates in order of my preference.

The first is a complete change, other than keeping some yellow and blue from the original. The blue represents the rivers and ocean of western Oregon; the gold the wheat fields of eastern Oregon. The green and the tree are symbols unique to Oregon. 33 stars for the 33rd state.
My favorite.

The next two pull the beaver from the reverse of the current flag and incorporate the 33 stars. They are very basic, but easily recognizable.
A variation on the stars.3rd

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A few more flags for Utah

Here are a few more alternate flags for Utah, starting with the one I think is best.

I include the red to represent the red rocks of southern Utah, including the arch created by the charges. The blue represents the lakes of northern Utah and the white the snow. 45 stars for the 45th state, and the beehive as the state emblem.
My best Utah flag alternate

This is intended to remind the observer of the United States flag, and the blue and red are even the official colors. Again the 45 stars and the beehive.

This was actually the precursor to my favorite above.

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An alternate flag for Utah

Most flags for states of the union are terrible from a vexillological standpoint. A simple redesign of the Utah flag changes this carnival of symbols
Utah Flag
into this simple design. A redraw
The redraw maintains the major Utah-specific symbolic elements of the original while making it quicky recognizable.

I understand perfectly well that the green stems really shouldn’t be placed against the blue field. This, however, is no worse than the white lilies against the white escutcheon. A little bit of frimbriation could take care of that. Or the sego lilies could be completely eliminated.

For more of vexillology, go to the NAVA home page. Or check out the Wikipedia page.