HOME / Design : The way things look. Grand Old Flag? The tricky task of designing a national symbol. By Christopher Hawthorne|Posted Friday, May 28, 2004, at 11:46 AM Tweet A slide show essay about the controversial art of flag design. Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all Design articles. Follow the business_and_tech section. Follow stories by Christopher Hawthorne. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Tornado Destroys Oklahoma City Suburb Is Your State Bird a Stupid State Bird? What It Should Be Instead. How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. Click here to load comments.