A New Flag for Coral Springs, Florida

Congratulations to Dale Williams, winner of the Coral Springs flag design contest! This flag replaces a previous flag featuring the city seal:

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The city received 80 submissions to the contest and narrowed the field to these six finalists:

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Finalist 1: “The flag represents the breathtaking Everglades’ sunset that the city is lucky enough to have in its own backyard.”
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Finalist 2 (winner): ‘Florida, “Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky”. Just like the title to the State of Florida’s official anthem, Coral Springs is a city that Reflects what is still true to this State. Right on the edge of one of Florida’s Natural Gems, The Florida Everglades, this flag reminds us of each level the city has grown into and gazes into the future of greater things to come.’
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Finalist 3: “From sunrise to sunset….the City of Coral Springs has everything under the sun! The bands of color were inspired by a recent sunset experienced in our city. The bands can also represent, along with the rays of the sun in the logo, the many amenities we have or the diversity of our city.”
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Finalist 4: “The sun is actually a “C”. The palm tree is an “S” – Coral Springs. The sun and tree represent the perfect day. The Blue background represents the endless possibilities found in our city and the ever-growing city itself. The white circle represents unity.”
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Finalist 5: “The sun in the corner radiates through a light blue sky over our City of Everything, surrounded by a deeper blue band representing beautiful pools, waterways, fountains, and  Aquatic Complex, bordered by a curve of green to represent our renown landscaping, parks, and trees. The design proclaims Coral Springs is a beautiful place!”
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Finalist 6: ” When designing the flag: The sun represents the core of Coral Springs. The blue rays represent the extension of family, while keeping the brand of the logo in the flag.”

Like many such contests, Coral Springs’ referenced Roman Mars’ TED Talk and the Good Flag, Bad Flag guidelines. (Though somehow rule 3 turned intoUse basic colors: Flags wear over time, and using basic colors ensures a long lifespan. Limit yourself to 3 colors from a standard 10-pack of markers.” It’s unclear that “basic colors” wear any less quickly than others, as wear is a complicated dye-dependent photochemical reaction.)

Unfortunately, contradicting the above, it also promoted the use of the “palette of colors … approved for the cities [sic] branding”:

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Furthermore, the judges apparently disregarded the importance of simplicity in flag design by passing over a number of simpler submissions in favor for the more complex designs in the six finalists.

Here are some of the other simpler submissions deserving, in my opinion, of at least an “honorable mention”.

 

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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