30 Mar 2012

São Paulo, Brazil (Review)

As I said in the main post of this serie, I don't mean to propose a new flag to São Paulo. My reasons were in that page, but I'm going to summarize them: São Paulo's flag isn't exactly the most beautiful flag in world, but it has a great symbolism.

But, I must admit, I'm thinking about change of idea... Someday, I was navigating the internet and found a blog proposing a change in São Paulo flag (the majority of this pages proposes a flag of São Paulo as independent state — what provides the wrong sense that it's a popular opinion). But a found one that's different, I suppose the author's name is Pedro Carvalho. The proposal is this:

According to him, the symbolism is that: the blue stripe is the Atlantic Ocean, the red is what Brazilians know as "purple soil" (very adequate to coffe growing, what helped São Paulo to became the richest state in Brazil), the golden star is wealth and development. In that blog you can find other two versions: one with a shape more similar to the state coats, and one with a white band that harmonizes the design and represents the coastline.

The second proposal, above all, is pretty good, but I still don't know if I should change São Paulo's flag.

And what's your opinion? Comment below.
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23 Mar 2012


I'm here to communicate that the blog domain changed from www.create-recreate.blogspot.com to www.create-recreate.blogspot.com.br. The Blogger is with a new policy of changing domains from American to local servers. The main reason is copyright claims: fair use and other cases isn't crime in USA, but it's, i.e., in Brazil.

At first time, www.create-recreate.blogspot.com will be redirected here, but I don't know how it'll work from now, so I suggest as soon as possible you to accustom to the version www.create-recreate.blogspot.com.br.

P.S. Flags and similar symbols are, with rare exception, in common domain, and I don't use to utilize content by other authors, so my blog doesn't have, fortunatelly, any danger of turn off.

20 Mar 2012

Suggestions to my USA flag...

You can't believe! I'm participating in a culture exposition, and I received USA as my country theme — was Germany, but I change with mates... Yes, it's a true story! The good part is that I know a lot about USA. The bad is that everybody knows a lot about USA. So I want to show a big lot of informations.

So I proposed to my groupmates an art based in "The Star-Spangled Banner" as stand decoration. Being I probably the only one that understands of flags, I was planning something like this:

I'm working with a more beautiful eagle, but it's a draft. If I really utilize it, I'll fix colors, etc. The exposition is scheduled to the second half of August, and I'm inviting you to colaborate with ideas. Furthermore, I'm planning to constroy a 3D US Air Force roundel, because I love roundels and it rare in Brazil to know somebody that knows about them.

P.S. My old proposal to Germany was this (I won't use it, because I don't have the country anymore):

Castle, camps, mountains... it's only missing the great German forests. It's a pity it's useless.

I'm saying the truth, I'll really enjoy your participation!
You just need to put links to ideas in comments section in this post, and you might win some credit. 

27 MAR 2012

 My current version of flag... I'm working in some fixes.

17 Mar 2012

Piauí, Goiás (Brazil)

Two Brazilian state flags has a very similar layout: Goiás and Piauí. Near the two, it's easy to know the difference between the two: Goiás has five stars, whereas Piauí has only one and more stripes. But, from far, they're easily confusing. Let me show you (the first is from Goiás):

For me, Goiás flag is more beautiful, but I think the Piauí flag is more recognizable, so I'm going to change the Goiás one. My first idea to Goiás flag was using the Anhanguera's fire, but I couldn't give good use to it. My second try was very likeable:

Traditionally, the stars layout is said to symbolize the first colonial names of Brazil, Ilha de Vera Cruz ("True Cross Island", when Brazil was considered a island yet) and Terra de Santa Cruz ("Holy Cross Land"). The state is considered the heart of Brazil, and a flag like this is a good way of symbolize it.

Oh, I must not forget the Piauí! The first Piauí flag had a square canton and no written. This is a date, March 13rd 1823, day of a victory by Independentist Troops in state territory — I should admit that I never knew before about this battle, and it's unimportant, because Brazil made probably the most peaceful independence in Iberic South America, and the Piauí had, at that moment, about 12 years of existence. I'll be original and keep the retangular star, but without the written.

I must thanks Jack Expo, that give me the idea to this post.
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Alagoas (Brazil)

The second flag in our serie about Brazilian flags is from Paraíba. Let me show you the current flag:

The red, white and blue is a clear reference to French flag, and means the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity". The most curious is the coat of arms, that references to the three oldest Alagoas villes: Marechal Teodoro (early known as Alagoas) (three fishes in blue), Porto Calvo (three red mountains) and Penedo (a castle in a canyon). The star, as I explained in last post, means that Alagoas is a state in Brazilian federation.

My new proposal would be based in an older state flag, but it's worse than the new. I personally like the colors of Alagoas flag, so I mantained them.

I simplified the flag. The star is a very important symbol in Brazilian vexillology, so it remained. As a white star on a white stripe is a wrong thing to made, I dropped it. This star could be simplified, but for now I'll keep it this way. There's a similar flag from People's Republic of Wiscounsin, but, come on, this doesn't exist!

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14 Mar 2012

Brazilian State Flags

My last post was about a proposal to Brazilian state of Ceará. I was thinking a lot and decided to put soon a serie about proposals of Brazilian flags. Let me see:

Acre is OK, a beautiful and historic flag. Alagoas needs a new flag; I'm already providing one. Amazonas needs a new star disposition. This flag and the one of Bahia are very resembling, maybe I change one of them. Amapá is OK (looks prettier in high definition). Ceará... I showed you my proposal.

Espírito Santo is a good tricolor; would be advisable remove the written, but it makes the flag better, for me. Goiás has a good flag, but very similar to Sergipe, isn't? Maranhão, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul is OK.

Minas Gerais has a flag as isn't made anymore, but it's a so powerful symbol that could be the Brazilian flag — some historians suspect the triangle should be green, but red is a good choice. Pará is OK.

Paraíba is a big problem: "NEGO" may have too meanings: "NÉGO" (it's ortographically a error) means "I say no", while "NÊGO" is a popular (but incorrect) way to say "blackman", and often you can view the word in the flag with the two accentuations. Yes, a big problem...

Paraná flag should be simplified. Pernambuco is a very polluted flag, but someway appropriate to state history. This version in image is the old Piauí flag, for me, the better. Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul should be changed (I'm working in ideas). Rio de Janeiro, too. Rondônia and Roraima are fine.

Santa Catarina should be fixed. São Paulo... I'm from this state! This flag was an old proposal to Brazilian flag, and during 1932 was used in fight against dictatorship by Paulista people... It's not perfect, but a very respectable flag.

Tocantins is the newest Brazilian state, and has a very beautiful flag (their capital, Palmas, has one of most beautiful flags I ever seen). The Federal District ("Distrito Federal") is somehow a tribute to Oscar Niemeyer, one of world biggest architects, and really amazing.

It was a very long post, friend, isn't it? What's your opinions and expectations about the serie about Brazilian states? Comment!
P.S. Have you ever realized how many Brazilian flags have a star? Brazil national flag has 27 stars (from 26 states and Federal District), and it's a cute way of say they're Brazilian states.

10 Mar 2012

Ceará (Brazil)

This is my first post about a Brazilian state. The majority of Brazilian state flags are simply great - but, unfortunatelly, I can say it about the Brazilian city flags. However, I made a imagination exercise and tried to create a new flag to Ceará, that doesn't have exactly the most beautiful Brazilian flag, for me.

The Ceará is a sunny handsome state, and its coat of arms get a sense of what would symbolize the state: the sun, the sea, the mountains, the sertão (backcountry), the Mucuripe lighthouse, a bird, the carnaúba (a local tree) and jangada (local raft). A lot of symbols!

Reluctantly, I did the fist step: dropped the Brazilian flag background. My first try was very resembling to the coat of arms, but it seemed very saturated, so I dropped the lighthouse and carnaúba. The jangada, the sun and the bird remains, and I utilized the other elements in a more subtile way.

I kept the seven stars, that symbolize the number of Ceará mesoregions, and the green and yellow is yet there, but this time as elements of landscape. I tried to put the Brazilian colors in the sail, but it didn't work as fine as the pure white. I'm half pleased to it, but I wish it would be simpler and more striking.

Thank you for reading this post. I'd like if you told me your opinion.
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4 Mar 2012

Catamarca (Argentina)

Until 2011, the last Argentine province to not have an own flag was Catamarca. But later I knew in August 2011 that region finally adopted one. This flag is this:

But it's just the first Catamarca flag, and they're still forming their visual identity. An aspect I don't like in the flag is the May Sun. This symbol is among the most meaningful and remarkable of the world. But currently it is in Argentine national flag, Uruguayan national flag, and aproximately five Argentinean provincial flags and three Uruguayan departmental flags.

The core of my proposal comes from the Artigas' Flag, early used by the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, a confederation of Argentina and Uruguay. Historians indicate that this was the first flag ever to be flown in Catamarca — a version of this flag is currently used by Entre Ríos province in Uruguay, and as Uruguayan narional banner.

As I said before, this flag has current use, so I needed to made some adaptations (however, I never thought to use this flag as it was concepted). I continued using the colors, but made it a true triband. To identify it as local flag, I put the sol de Catamarca (Catamarca sun) in a bend. The result was curious, because the most voluminous size is the right, and not the left. I was lucky because the sun comes from East to West, making it one more symbology. My final proposal is this:

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P.S. As Brazilian, I meet everyday a lot of other Brazilian people that don't like Argentina (some of them actually hate), but I don't think like that. Our resemblances are very bigger than our differences. Obviously, I prefer Brazil, but I don't think Argentina is in the bandit size.