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Brilliant posters of official American states' insignia by Julian Montague

Posted by Anna Trench,

Quite how Americans manage to differentiate between 50 states is beyond me. No doubt it’s helpful to have culturally reductive official insignia to aid memory – lucky then that so many American states’ insignia consist of such wonderful and varied mammals, birds, foods, fossils and insects. For starters there’s the Tarantula Hawk Wasp (New Mexico), the Western Meadowlark (Kansas), the Nine Banded Armadillo (Texas), the Emerald (North Carolina), the Western Wheatgrass (North Dakota) and, of course, the potato (Idaho).

Graphic designer, taxonomy enthusiast and book cover champion Julian Montague has created a brilliant series of posters celebrating these icons of America. Harking back to classic mid-twentieth century book covers, they’re informative and extremely pleasing to the eye. No longer need the states of America be restricted to red and blue! These crisp, colourful designs deserve to be a staple of every classroom and beyond.

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    Julian Montague: Wyoming

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    Julian Montague: Kansas

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    Julian Montague: Vermont

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    Julian Montague: Winconsin

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    Julian Montague: California

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    Julian Montague: Nevada

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    Julian Montague: Iowa

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    Julian Montague: Montana

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    Julian Montague: Maryland

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    Julian Montague: Connecticut

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    Julian Montague: Minnesota

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    Julian Montague: North Carolina

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    Julian Montague: New Hampshire

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    Julian Montague: New Jersey

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    Julian Montague: North Dakota

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    Julian Montague: Missouri

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Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.