Let’s talk about Flags

They say that no-one cares about flags…until you try to change one.

So, do you know what your city flag looks like?

Is it as bad as Milwauakee’s (with a flag hidden in the flag)

Milwaukee Flag


Pocatello Idaho? (with it’s own Trade Mark)

Pocatello Flag

Well it took me about 6 months of ‘lazy’ curiosity to find ours.

Here’s the deal, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

You may be surprised.

But more on that later…

According to Ted Kaye a leading vexillologist, (flag designer) there are 5 Basic Rules to good flag design.

  1. Keep it Simple (a child should be able to draw it from memory)
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism
  3. Two to Three Basic colours (red,blue,white,black,green,yellow)
  4. NO Lettering or Seals. Never use Writing of ANY kind. 
  5. Be Distinctive

You can read Ted’s commentary on the recent New Zealand Flag competition here

But, for the absolute definitive analysis of Good Flag Design.

Head to Roman Mars Ted Talk.

Or his podcast 99% invisible.

Oh…I promised to show you mine, didn’t I.

Umm…Ladies and Gentlemen I present the official flag of the City of Newcastle.

Newy Flag

Yup that’s it.

Breaking all the rules…that’s how we roll in our town.

Amsterdam on the other hand


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