How to design a flag

There’s a million different reasons you might need to have a flag made.  Maybe you’re opening a business and want something that distinguishes you from the competition? Maybe you’re forming an organization and require a flag to represent who you are and what you stand for? Or even for a school project or sports club, the list goes on, but what do you need to remember when actually going through the motions of designing it? Well lets take a look at a few design pointers to help you keep on the right path.

Keep it simple.

An overly complicated design too many colors will be distracting and detract your viewer from the purpose of why they are looking at your flag. In addition any heraldry or symbols you have incorporated into your designs must also follow this rule and it must be kept in mind that the flag is a small space so not only will too many individual elements be confusing but any overly complex design will have to be scaled to the size of your flag and will ultimately end up melding together when viewed from a distance.

Only use meaningful or relevant symbols.

Your flag design has to incorporate a large number of elements and ideas on a relatively small canvas. There is no room for anything that doesn’t directly assist your flag in conveying the message or feeling that you want the viewer to take away from it. When deciding on what to include in your design always ask yourself “how is this helping the message?” and “if I saw this for the first time, how would I react?” you must be constantly self-critiquing the design as its being made, after all, there’s not too much use in deciding it needs changing after you’ve already had it made is it?

Basic colours.

Its important that not only the colours that you choose have some kind of deeper meaning and are cohesive with the symbols you have decided on, but also are not too bright or distracting from the main themes of the flag as a whole. Try sticking to darker and more muted tones that complement each other rather than bright, eye catching colours as this more often than not comes off as tacky. And it’s probably safe to assume that’s not the impression you were hoping to leave.

Keep the important elements close to the “canton”

The most important part of a freestanding flag on pole or vertical runner is the canton, the part that holds the stars on the US flag, and the most important elements of your design should be kept as close to here as possible, this is because this is the area of the flag that is most visible when the flag is resting in low winds. This is the reason that the stars on the US flag are there as the most important part of the flag are the stars that represent the 50 states of America.

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