Kyle VanHemert, at Wired, wonders if Ed Mitchell's designs for new state flags could help Americans appreciate the union.
In many cases, Mitchell's simple flags are a good deal less exciting than their odd forebears. And it's hard not to miss some of the more unusual visual miscellanea that the new designs do away with. Still, Mitchell sees value in the cohesion. "I would personally prefer to adhere to the idea of keeping our state and national symbolism current and meaningful," he says, "which does not mean abandoning history but celebrating progress."