Flag Design Rules

Five principles of good flag design.

A comprehensive guide to flag design from the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) can be found here.  Another great piece put together by www.milwaukeeflag.com can be found here (even though I strongly believe Maryland’s flag is an example of a great flag).  More simply refer to these five principles when designing a flag:

1. Simple

The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.

2. Symbolism

The flag’s shapes, colors, or patterns, should relate to what it symbolizes.

3. Basic colors

Limit to three purposeful colors, in a standard color set, which create good contrast.

4. No Lettering or Seals

Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal. Seals were meant to be seen on a page and viewed closely. Flags are meant to be seen from a distance and fly in all directions.

5. Distinction

Avoid duplicating other flag designs as a flag should emphasize its own identity.