If you’re interested in the goings on in New Zealand as they select a new flag, you should be reading Dan Newman & Co.’s fantastic blog FLAGDESIGN.NZ: Documenting the Redesign of the New Zealand Flag. And if you are interested in flag design, you should be interested in New Zealand’s process, as it provides great examples of the kind of conundrums, controversies, and compromises inherent in flag design more generally.
Some highlights, so far:
- A nice introduction to the blog’s mission
- Rod Drury, technologist and member of the Flag Consideration Panel (FCP)
- Dave Clark, designer of the iconic All Blacks silver fern logo
- Malcolm Mulholland, Maori expert and flag historian, and FCP member
- Michael Bierut, partner in Pentagram, “the world’s largest independent design consultancy” (actually, highlights of an interview by a NZ design forum)
- Looking beyond NZ, lots of coverage of the Fijian Flag Design Process.
- Last but not least, coining of the term #vexilLOLogy (which is great, but would be even better if it didn’t map directly onto #vexillology, as hashtags are not case sensitive!)
They also have made available flagtest.nz, a flag-on-a-pole-in-a-wind simulator for flag designers to upload a static image and see it animated.
Also, parody submissions: