Ted Kaye on Flag Stories

Jeppe and Birger Morgenstjerne of the Danish design agency Ferdio recently released an extensive set of beautiful vexillological infographics entitled Flag Stories. These have attracted, deservedly, considerable attention around the web, including that of Linda Poon of The Atlantic‘s Citylab.  In her article What’s in a Flag’s Design? she asked our very own Ted Kaye […]

Ted Kaye Headed to Milwaukee

A quick update from Ted: As you know, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is engaged in city flag redesign. http://www.milwaukeeflag.com/ I will be heading there in two weeks to help guide the 5-person jury selecting the finalists. The organizer, graphic designer Steve Kodis, has created very active social channels: http://www.facebook.com/Greatertogether http://www.twitter.com/TogetherMKE http://www.facebook.com/milwaukeeflag http://www.twitter.com/MilwaukeeFlag I’m sure I will have […]

Ted Kaye on the Confederate Flag’s Design

Ted Kaye was interviewed as part of Corinne Segal’s piece yesterday in PBS NewsHour Art Beat, What the Confederate flag’s design says about its legacy. Some excerpts: In 1861, the National Flag Committee of the Confederate States of America wrote its official guidelines for flag design: A flag should be simple, readily made, and capable of […]

Ted Kaye Joins Flag Redesign Committee for Fiji

On February 3rd Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama declared that Fiji would be changing its flag.  Today, he announced the 13 members of a National Flag Committee tasked with recommending a shortlist of new flags for the South Pacific nation.  Committee members include a variety of prominent Fijians: Shaenaz Voss: senior manager Fiji Airways, former executive officer of […]

Ted Kaye on the air

Your loquacious Vexilloid Tabloid editor has recently been interviewed on Slate (Mike Pesca’s podcast “The Gist”); 99% Invisible (the “tiny radio show about design” by Roman Mars); and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered (“What does its chosen banner say about ISIS”).  In the interviews he discussed the flags of the UK (after Scotland…), New Zealand, Ukraine […]

Mars (and Kaye) Bring Vexillology To TED

This March design celebrity and charismatic podcaster Roman Mars gave the first ever TED talk on vexillology (the scholarly study of flags and their design), entitled Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed.   This marked a milestone in visibility for vexillology.  Mars calls his design podcast 99% Invisible, and “99% Invisible” is actually not a bad characterization of vexillology. […]

Vexilloid Tabloid #82

Flags in the Time of COVID-19, design conversation with John Cartledge, flags in the style of another, women’s suffrage flags, “Rogue States”, and much more.