Rochester (Minnesota) Flag Project

The Rochester Flag Project, a community organization in Minnesota seeking to change the Rochester city flag, is soliciting designs at rochesterflag.com/contest. Interestingly, they are hosting two rounds of design submissions this year — the first round ends August 18, and the second will run from October 16 to November 17. And each round will result in […]

Municipal Flag Improvement Update

We’re up to a total of 80 efforts to create or redesign US and Canadian flags of cities, towns, or other municipalities, as tracked on our Municipal Flag Improvement page. Many of these have been inspired by the TED Talk Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed by Roman Mars of the […]

Code Switch on Flags

The Code Switch project at National Public Radio covers race, ethnicity, and culture in the US. Today, in honor of Flag Day in the US, they published two flag-related podcasts. (Well, published one and re-published another.) Here they are, for your vexillological listening pleasure. On Flag Day, Remembering The Red, Black And Green by LEAH […]

Vexilloid Tabloid #64

Another edition of our colorful bimonthly newsletter, The Vexilloid Tabloid, is here! It features: Capitols on Capital City Flags (Michael Orelove) Redesigning the Oregon Flag (Liam Dubay) Composable Alphabet Flags (Scott Mainwaring) Portland Police Bureau Flag (Ted Kaye) It also includes our regular sections: The What’s That Flag? quiz A flag quote (see below) Roundup (news items) Flutterings (highlights from […]

Face Flags of Washington, Part 3: Seattle

Seattle, like its encompassing county and state, is represented by a flag with its namesake’s face — in this case, that of the Suquamish Chief Si’ahl (anglicized as Seattle). Si’ahl lived from c. 1786 to 1866. One photograph of him survives (detail above), taken by  L.B. Franklin in 1864. The flag was ostensibly designed by […]

Face Flags of Washington, Part 2: King County

Washington state’s most populous county, King, also uses a flag with a face on it: a stylized portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The flag was adopted in 2009 after over 20 years of efforts, lead by African American politicians and civil rights activists Ron Sims and Larry Gossett, to re-affiliate King County with Rev. […]

Face Flags of Washington, Part 1: State of Washington

The state flag of Washington stands out among its brethren:  not only is it uniquely green, it uniquely bears the likeness of an actual person.  People appear on many US state flags, but other than on Washington’s they stand for generic farmers, pioneers, etc. (Many believe the figures on Kentucky’s flag are Daniel Boone and Henry […]

Bellingham, Washington adopts a flag

After a little over a year in limbo, Brad Lockhart’s winning entry in the Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s flag contest has been officially adopted by the city council of Bellingham, Washington. For more information about municipal flag improvement efforts in the US and Canada, see our Municipal Flag Improvement page.

The Wavy Symbolism of Potamological Vexillology—in Puerto Rico

By Carlos Alberto Morales Ramírez Vexilloid Tabloid #63 Potamology—a branch of physical geography—is the study of rivers (think hippo-potamus, “horse of the river” in Greek). Within physical geography (the subfield of geography that studies natural phenomena in Earth’s hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere through space and time), the study of rivers is found under hydrology (the […]