Good Flag, Bad Flag

With the Summer Olympics in full swing most of us are seeing a lot a flags.  Some are really beautiful, and some are really ugly.  What makes a great flag?  The answer to that question can be found in a great little booklet compiled by Ted Kaye and published by the North American Vexillological Association.  Here are the five basic principles to create an outstanding flag for your organization, city, tribe, company, family, neighborhood or even country:

1.  Keep It Simple – the flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory;

2.  Use Meaningful Symbolism – the flag’s images, colors or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes;

3.  Use Two or Three Basic Colors – Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which will contrast well and come from the standard color set;

4.  No Lettering or Seals – Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal; and

5.  Be Distinctive or Be Related – Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

So which cities in the United States have the best looking flags?  One Mississippi city’s flag came in at number 12.  Click here to see the results of the survey.

Special thanks to Jim McIntyre of A Complete Flag Source.

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