Wednesday, January 24, 2024

New Flag Design in Planning for Illinois

Back in August of 2023, the State of Illinois started the process to design a new flag for the state. From the announcement, I'm not sure if the process will take suggestions from the public directly.  Instead, there's going to be a relatively huge design committee, though.

Vexillologically speaking, the current state flag is not a good design. Problems include:

  • A complex image directly pulled from the State Seal, where details are lost in the cluster and not easy to draw;
  • As a result, the flag also has too many colors;
  • Unnecessary, distracting, redundant and poorly placed text "ILLINOIS".


The only thing that makes this flag distinct when comparing it to other state flags is the white background.  Other than that, from a glance, you wouldn't know if this was the flag for Michigan, North Dakota or Vermont.

One interesting fact is that Illinois created anniversary flags. I think the answer for a new flag design lies in the Centennial flag.

This flag isn't perfect, but it's much better and more distinctive. I think this would make a great basis for the new state flag.  Here's what I would consider to change in order to adopt this flag as the new state flag:

  • I don't think the star fields are necessary, as these represent other states and not Illinois itself; 

  • The design looks like a missile (or even something rude) in modern aesthetics.

I would remove the star fields and move the white star to the center.

This concept is historic, unique when compared other states, easily recognizable on its own, and simple enough for grade school children to draw from memory. It also falls in line with the regional motif established by the Chicago flag; while offering more strength of design by being even more succinct.

It should be noted that Wallace Rice designed both the Chicago flag and the Illinois Centennial flag.

Saturday, January 06, 2024

Movies I watched at the theater in 2023

The year 2023 represents a 365 period of time in which I saw more movies at the theater than any other year in my past.  This was facilitated by my AMC A-List membership.  This was the first year I was really able to use it to see movies at a level that allowed me to really get my money's worth.  That said, perhaps this wasn't the year that made such a membership necessary.  To really use my membership to its fullest, I went to see many movies that I would have typically ignored at the theater.  However, it is always nice being able to see a movie more than once without having to think twice about it (if I really really liked it).

Boy and the Heron Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Godzilla Minus One Dream Scenario Next Goal Wins The Hunger Games BOSS The Holdovers Freelance Killers of the Flower Moon A Haunting in Venice The Creator It Lives Inside Equalizer 3 Blue Beetle Jules Talk To Me Barbie Oppenheimer Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Insidious The Red Door No Hard Feelinggs The Flash Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Guardians of the Galaxy Renfield Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves John Wick Chapter 4 Shazam Fury of the Gods Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania Megan Avatar The Way of Water