The Flags of Our Children

Carlos Fort Garcia is a “graphic designer and graphic activist” living in Barcelona, and author of a highly imaginative and playful vexillolographic project entitled Las Banderas de Nuestros Hijos: Deconstruvendo Banderas (The Flags of Our Children: Deconstructing Flags). The project text is in Spanish, and my Spanish, alas, is very rusty, so I am sure I […]

Happy 2015!

Actually, it’s a flag for any non-leap year that begins on a Thursday. The boundaries aren’t shown, but it’s made from 53 narrow columns (weeks, running from the first week on the hoist edge to the last week on the fly edge) and 7 wide rows (days of the week, with Sunday along the top […]

The Flag of Hawaii 2

The irreverent adult game maker Cards Against Humanity has purchased an island and renamed it Hawaii 2, in order to send each of its 250,000 “Holiday Bullshit” supporters a deed for a square foot, a map, and a small paper flag as a thank-you gift. (They will need to wait until they hear someone boast of […]

Barbara Upton’s Waking Planet World Flag

After the 9/11 attacks, New Age artist Barbara Upton created this flag representing “Peace, Justice, Equality and Love”: She describes the symbolism as follows: The blue earth, glowing with vitality, is surrounded by colorful figures representing the beauty that is possible when people of different colors, tongues and beliefs come together in mutual respect and […]

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 […]

Flag Wrapping Paper

Ted Kaye reporting on PFA’s last meeting in VexTab #49: David Koski is experimenting with repeating designs derived from flag images, using various transformative algorithms.  Every one is based on a component of the full flag.  Here are examples based on the United States flag.  David has also developed versions based on the Union Jack […]

How did Portland get such a nice flag?

Our very own Ted Kaye sat down with popular design podcaster Roman Mars to talk flag design and tell the story of the Portland flag: how a good design was botched by bureaucrats, and many years later — with some activist vexillology on the part of its designer Douglas Lynch and the PFA — ultimately restored.  For this work, Lynch received […]