Favorite

Little Rock needs a new flag 

You may remember the story we ran in July about Phillip Scholtes and Jordan Little's idea that Little Rock needs a new flag. The old one is fussy, featuring what one supposes to be Pinnacle but which looks more like a crawdad hole in the center, and Scholtes (a programmer) and Jordan (a designer) think the city should dump it in favor of a simpler, more symbolic design. The Arkansas Times liked the idea of giving the city a flag we could all wave, so we asked folks to contribute designs. Here are five submissions:

thebigpicture1-1-710768369d26ae2d.jpg

Designer: Brian Hodges
Twitter: @brian_d_hodges

I wanted to keep this concept as simple and clear as possible while following the five principles of good flag design. The red and blue fields reflect the colors in the Arkansas flag and the U.S. flag. The diamond is a nod to the Arkansas state flag as well. The star in the middle signifies Little Rock as the state capital.






thebigpicture1-2-65a94844b8d335fd.jpg

Designer: Dino Buturovic
Twitter: @bdino74

My proposal is based on the current flag of Arkansas (same 2:3 ratio and same color scheme) with colors inverted and a single star, which symbolizes Little Rock as the capital and the most important city in Arkansas, as well as its central location within the state. The shape of the diamond on this flag can be understood to represent the shape of Arkansas, with Little Rock at its center.






thebigpicture1-3-931616d2bfab0bb7.jpg

Designer: Bryan Moats
Twitter: @Moats

I USED FOUR COLOR FIELDS to represent Little Rock and its location: An aqua blue triangle, which represents the Arkansas River and in shape alludes to the uppermost tip of a star, since Little Rock is the capital city; the red triangle, giving a hint of notable neighbor North Little Rock and balance to the design; the yellow field, which implies the vibrancy of spirit that Little Rock continues to strive toward, and the sky blue rectangle, the horizon and future.






thebigpicture1-4-6e6cc235e896163f.jpg

Designer: Jordan Little
Twitter: @iamjordanlittle

It's based heavily on the idea of "a kid can draw it," so I started off on paper with a 3:2 rectangle that I bisected diagonally in both directions. I knew I wanted a star smack-dab in the center. The star is intersected at two of its middle points: I thought it looked better to have the star "rising" out of the blue. The star in the center of the flag also represents Little Rock's geographic location within Arkansas: The middle. The blue can be seen as the river and the foundation of the city and flag.






thebigpicture1-5-4cf69c837c783772.jpg

Designer: Matthew Rowe
Twitter: @mattyrowe

I've shown this to some folks and they don't understand why I'd put fraternity in there. I mean it in the way that de Tocqueville means fraternity. He said "all the citizens are independent and feeble [and] ... therefore, become powerless if they do not learn voluntarily to help one another." I think that's what Little Rock can unite under. Cheese dip, wigs, plasma, taekwondo — these are all forms of fraternity, of brotherhood. At least when they're practiced right. Instead, I think most people assume I'm talking about fraternity in the Kappa Sigma way, but the future Chambers of Commerce leaders of Arkansas probably don't need a flag.

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Inquizator: Holt Condren

    Holt Condren is an explorer and entrepreneur based in Maumelle, the founder of Ink Custom Tees and the author of "Surf the Woods: The Ordinary Man's Trail Map to the Extraordinary Life." He's also featured in a new documentary, "Finding Noah," which follows a team of archeologists and theologians to Mount Ararat, in Turkey, on a search for Noah's Ark. The film will premiere with a multicity one-night-only screening at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
    • Oct 1, 2015
  • The devil is in the details at the Arkansas state Capitol

    The proposed Ten Commandments monument vs. the Satanic Temple's proposed Baphomet statue.
    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Facing closure, Wilson Elementary families deliver angry message to school leaders

    "Why do you guys not care about your community? You’re tearing it down, not building it up, especially in the black community … It’s just a simple question — do you care?" one mother asked the superintendent. "Ma’am, I do care deeply about this district, and I do believe wholeheartedly we are making a better district every day," Poore replied.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Latest in The Big Picture

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Event Calendar

« »

January

S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • Plant of the year

    The legalization of medical marijuana was Arkansas's most significant news of 2016.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation