Via CityLab comes a bunch of infographics that examine how different flags around the world are constructed. Pretty cool stuff!
Pick the United States and one other country (Your choice! Maybe this is a country that you’ve visited, one where you have lived at one time in your life, one where a family member lives, or just one you are interested in for any reason).
Look through the infographics at the link above and answer the following questions about the flags for the USA and the other country that you chose.
- Do your countries’ flags (USA and the other one you chose) have any of the five most typical layouts? If so, which ones?
- Do your countries’ flags have any of the most typical colors included in them? Which ones?
- Research what the colors on your countries’ flags are used to represent. Are they the most typical meaning behind those colors, or a less-used meaning?
- Do your countries’ flags include any of the five most common symbols? Which ones?
- How complex are your countries’ flags? If they are more than just “Child’s Play”, what elements do you think made the flags more complicated?
- Finally, imagine you were going to create a new country and had to design a flag. Given what you learned about flag design from these infographics, how would you design your flag so that it was similar enough to other world flags (doesn’t feel like a huge outlier) but still different enough to be recognizable and unique (doesn’t feel like a copycat) ? Draw/color a sketch of your new flag after you print out your answers to the previous five questions.