Author: Philip Tibbetts.
Rationale: The golden invected pale is an allusion to an ear of corn, and thus the agricultural industry of the state. Upon this is charged a black hawk. Its’ attitude refers to the current flag as well as the nickname of the ‘Hawkeye State’, whilst it’s colour recognises the name of the Black Hawk County within the state. The overall colour scheme of red, gold and black reflects the colour schemes of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and even the Iowa Barnstormers Gridiron team.