Roman Mars is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it is no surprise that the redesign of the San Francisco flag has drawn his attention. In May of this year he announced that his radio show and podcast 99% Invisible was teaming up with design software multinational Autodesk to support a redesign activity, including the sanfranciscoflag.com website and @SFflag twitter feed.
Roman Mars has been campaigning for a new flag via 99% Invisible since at least 2011, so a number of proposals predate his TED Talk earlier this year:
In his TED Talk, Mars presents a couple of redesigns by way of illustration:
One minute clip from Roman Mars’ TED Talk in which he discusses possible redesigns.
Since this year’s TED Talk, not surprisingly, more redesigns have surfaced.
It’s worth pointing out, however, that none of the above suggestions are necessarily under consideration by the San Francisco Flag Redesign project, which still is operating in a kind of “stealth mode”: the website simply points to the TED Talk and gives one to opportunity “to sign up to get involved” (via an email address), and the @SFflag twitter feed has much more on other city’s flag redesign efforts than on San Francisco’s. What publicity there is has come from journalists and commentators:
According to the ABC 7 News account, the redesign project is expected to announce a formal design competition next month. Until then, these proposals and others are filling the vacuum, some more humorously than others.