This project challenges the student to deconstruct the American flag to explore thematic connections using line, form, color, texture, space, and composition. This project is introduced after a lengthy discussion of symbolism and how powerful symbols are within society. This project is a week-long project that has been adapted from Paul Shortt. It has been successfully used with beginning level design students in both the undergraduate and graduate level. In the undergraduate course, it is a project assigned in the first third of the semester. In the graduate level course it has been assigned at either the beginning of the semester as a “warm-up” design exercise or at the end of the semester between bigger projects to reinforce the basics of design elements and symbolism.