Flags in The Force Awakens

Flags make a couple of brief appearances in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One is in this scene that draws upon the Nuremberg rally imagery from Lene Riefenstahl's infamous Nazi propaganda film, 1935's Triumph of the Will: The flag in the background belongs to the First Order, featuring its emblem of 16 bars radially arranged within… Continue reading Flags in The Force Awakens

More Star Wars Fan Flags

Scott Kelly isn't the only Star Wars fan who has been hard at work designing flags.  This month's flag design contest in Reddit's /r/vexillology community had this prompt: It is a period of flag design. Aspiring vexillographers, illustrating from around the world, have won victories throughout the year. During this month, your task is to… Continue reading More Star Wars Fan Flags

Flags and the Apollo 11 Launch

Gregory Cecil has a nice piece today in Spaceflight Insider on symbolism and the first moon landing, commemorating the 46th anniversary of launch of Apollo 11. Two NASA photos in the piece feature flags.  The first is a famous double-exposure showing the ascending Saturn V and the American flag: The second shows Johnson and Agnew amidst a sea… Continue reading Flags and the Apollo 11 Launch

Annie Platoff on the air

Flag scholar and NAVA vice president Annie Platoff was on the Pacifica radio network yesterday discussing vexillology, the Confederate flag, roots of people's attachment to flags, the Apollo flags on the moon, and Russian and Ukrainian flags.  She was a guest on Brad Friedman's "BradCast" at bradblog.com/?p=11241.  (Skip 8:40 into the broadcast to hear the flag segment.)

Andy Warhol, NASA, and the Making of “Moonwalk”

Moonwalk is one of Andy Warhol's last works, produced shortly before his death in 1987 and never signed.  There are two regular edition versions, one in yellow, one in pink. There were also 66 trial proofs, each unique. One example: It is easy to think that this is Warhol drawing and painting over a famous NASA photograph… Continue reading Andy Warhol, NASA, and the Making of “Moonwalk”

The International Flag of Planet Earth

For his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications project at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, Oskar Pernefeldt has produced a very slick set of marketing materials for an "official proposal" for "the International Flag of Planet Earth".  On May 18th, Jacob Kastrenakes posted on The Verge a writeup entitled, with needless belligerency, This is the flag we'll plant… Continue reading The International Flag of Planet Earth