Flags in the Hierarchy of Pride

Michael Green is a designer, self-proclaimed Flag Geek, and author of the excellent Branding the Nations blog on Medium.com.  In his posting on (the sad state of) US state flags, The Good, the “Meh” and the Ugly, he asks a fundamental question that is too often taken for granted in discussions, debates, and contests about […]


The first principle of effective flag design is: Keep It Simple. Effective flags are meme-like, able to propagate themselves through human perception, memory, and action, and in this simple flags have an advantage. On the other hand, there are certainly many highly complex flags. As the simplicity principle suggests, these tend to be obscure, expensive, […]

South Dakota Proposals (2012)

By Patrick Genna, revised by Scott Mainwaring Originally published in Vexilloid Tabloid #34 (June 2012) In February a South Dakota House panel rejected a proposal to change the state flag.  Its design was first adopted in 1909, updated in 1963, and again in 1992.  (There is a short YouTube video explaining the evolution.) Using the […]

What If There Were No Third Flag Act?

Blog post by Scott Mainwaring On April 4, 1818 the US Congress enacted the following: An Act to establish the flag of the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress Assembled, That from and after the fourth day of July next, the flag of […]

World Population Flags

By David W. Ferriday Originally published in The Vexilloid Tabloid #31, December 2011 See also: United Nation News Centre: As world passes 7 billion milestone, UN urges action to meet key challenges.  October 31, 2011. Seven Billion.  National Geographic‘s year-long series on population Human Population Reaches 7 Billion–How Did This Happen and Can It Go On? By David Biello, Scientific […]

A Flag for All Mankind in the 21st Century

By David W. Ferriday Originally published in The Vexilloid Tabloid #31, December 2011 There are thousands of flags representing many different groups of people around the world.  The United Nations flag and the Olympic flag are the most inclusive.  But there is, I believe, a need for a flag that represents each and every one of us, as […]

Randall Gray’s Flag for Oregon

By Ted Kaye; revised by Scott Mainwaring Originally published in The Vexilloid Tabloid #30, October 2011 The PFA has honored Randall Gray of West Linn for his re-design of the Oregon State Flag, which received the most votes in The Oregonian‘s contest in 2008-09. In a celebration hosted in February by Mike Hale at Elmer’s Flag & Banner, […]

Columbus, Ohio [reblog]

Originally posted on bad flags:
So I’ve been ignoring badflags for a long time,  and a bunch of people have been telling me how lame that is, so after another hiatus, I’m back with something special. I live in Columbus, Ohio, and I really love this city. I love it so much that it’s a…

Provo Puts its Latest Logo on a Bedsheet

Blog post by Scott Mainwaring The flag of Provo, Utah ranked extremely low (143rd out of 150) in the flag designs evaluated in NAVA’s 2004 American City Flags Survey, eventually leading to an effort in 2013 by Mayor John Curtis to create and adopt a new flag for Utah’s third-largest city. The effort got bogged down in […]