Flags for the New (and Old) Year

Here’s a design challenge for all you vexillographers out there: Design a flag that represents 2016. Or, if you think you can only properly represent a year once it is over, how about 2015?

To get your creative juices going, here are two examples that represent the year as a number, using its prime factorization.


5 x 13 x 31 = 2015. These factors are represented by five green disks, 13 gold equilateral triangles, and 31 blue squares with white fimbriations.  Designer: Scott Mainwaring.


7 x 9 x 32 = 2016. This design uses 3 patterned vertical bars in the ratio 7:9:32. From hoist to fly these are: a 7 x 1 array of red and white rectangles, a 3 x 3 array of blue and gold rectangles, and a 4 x 4 array of squares each divided diagonally into red and white triangles (resulting in 32 gyrons). Designer: Scott Mainwaring.

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