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The Good and Bad of Flag Design

I’ve been thinking again, about flag design and colors since Deborah wrote the piece on the flag colors. My goal is to design a suitable flag for Flags Bay that represents who we are, and what we are.

A few months ago, I designed several business cards, working on the concept of one design for all things. You know—something that would work equally well for business cards, letterhead, and advertising pieces. I find the creative challenge quite invigorating, especially since I am by nature, a linear, logical thinker. It is a stretch, but fun.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help with this type quandary, and NAVA (North American Vexillological Association) has one of the best.

Featured on the NAVA website is Ted Kaye’s e-book titled, Good Flag, Bad Flag, How to Design a Great Flag, where he covers the 5 basics of great flag design and then compares real flags and critiques them for how well they meet the criteria. Here is just one example from the book.



With each comparison Kaye gives the reasoning behind why a flag is good or bad. The examples are flags from around the world, not just the US, so if you read the book (it’s a fast read), you’ll be treated to some of the best and the worst the flag world has to offer.

Oh, so what am I working on for Flags Bay? Here is a mockup that could work.

FlagsBay Flag  

I’d really like your feedback on this potential flag. What do you like? What do you not like? Any suggestions?

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