Please note: these are not my opinions on what flags are the coolest or the prettiest. They are judgments based on principles that describe what makes flags successful as flags.
How can you tell the difference between a good flag and a bad flag? Not between a pretty flag and an ugly one, or between a cool one and a dorky one, or even just between one you like and one you don’t like. There are principles, derived from what flags are and are meant to do, that allows us to decide. This video describes those principles, with examples, and then gives a list each of good flags and bad flags. Your opinion may vary, of course, but I hope that you will at least look a flags a little differently after watching the video.
A good source for information on flags is the North American Vexillological Association’s website, www.nava.org. You can find their wonderful and short publication Good Flag, Bad Flag. How to design a great flag here: (For the record, I named this video before coming across that booklet. Great minds think alike, I guess.)
I got my illustrations of national flags from
Some time in the future I’ll be making another video about flags, this time about state flags, including suggested redesigns, some my own, and some by other people. If you don’t want to miss that, subscribe now.
Here are some other youtube videos on flag design:
(A great TED talk.)
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