Still, the flag had "Iowa" tackily written on it in big red letters, which is inconceivably stupid. Why would it need that? A bad eagle and the French tricolor are enough to distinguish the Iowa flag from all of the other state flags, and they're mostly the only things that people remember about the flag anyway. So I did the Iowan flag a favor, and removed all writing, even that awesome motto, "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."
There are some downsides to this redesign. As awesome-sauce as the eagle is, it's still complicated to draw. It isn't as complicated as it could be, because I've seen other flags and know just how complicated that it could get, but I'm seriously not interested in trying to get each and every one of its feathers right. Furthermore, the eagle on its own doesn't take up the space of the central stripe quite as well without the writing.