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japanesebonustrack  ·  2372 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Every state flag is wrong

Most of them are bad flags, but not for the reasons listed. Here's a nice episode of the podcast 99% Invisible on this topic (and also a summarized article, if you don't want to listen). Essentially the principles of a good flag design are:

1. Keep it simple

2. Use meaningful symbolism

3. Use two to three basic colors

4. No lettering or seals of any kind.

5. Be distinctive

hyperflare  ·  2371 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My rule of thumb is that you should be able to replicate the flag from memory as well.