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Columbus Needs a New City Flag

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    johnwirtz
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    The Urbanophile recently noted how great Indianapolis’ city flag is.

    500px-Flag_of_Indianapolis.svg.png

    I have to agree that it’s a pretty nice looking flag. So I Googled something about flag design to see what makes a great flag. The website for the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) came up. The have a guide about “good flags” versus “bad flags,” which recommends against the use of lettering, seals, and other complicated symbols on a flag. Therefore, I decided that Columbus needs a new city flag.

    Old Flag

    538px-ColumbusOHFlag.svg.png

    New Flag

    My design maintains the same three principal colors for the flag. I’m not sure, but I might guess that colors chosen relate to Spain, the country that commissioned Christopher Columbus’ journey. The vertical lines on my flag represent the general orientation of High Street, while the horizontal line is Broad Street. Clean, simple, recognizable, meaningful.

    What do you think?

    #360126

    J.R. Locke
    Member

    How about we just retire city flags?

    #360127

    artbomb112
    Participant

    I agree the flag could use a little sprucing up. How about we all take a stab at it? I’ll make one up and post it soon. Whether comical or serious… I’m sure this could get interesting.

    Or maybe there are only a few of us that are flag nerds out there.

    I love this stuff.

    #360128
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    Have spent nearly three decades in Columbus, had no idea there was a city flag.

    #360129

    Tenzo
    Participant

    johnwirtz wrote >>
    The Urbanophile recently noted[/url]
    What do you think?

    How about this?

    #360131
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    johnwirtz wrote >>
    What do you think?

    Definitely an improvement!

    #360132
    alove
    alove
    Participant

    You have a point, but I love our flag as is!
    It’s classic.

    #360133

    Columbusite
    Member

    I like.

    #360134

    groundrules
    Participant

    #360135

    arenn
    Participant

    The city I think has a great city flag and has leveraged it to huge effect is Chicago:

    That’s not the greatest picture of it, but it has been adopted into everything from the police car livery to interstate highway railings.

    The Columbus flag isn’t that bad, apart from the seal. If you dropped that, you could adjust the bar widths to go with a classic tricolor design.

    The color scheme is a bit strange to me. I think the city flag of Columbus ought to include colors that call to mind the city, which those do not, and above all the colors that do that are those of Ohio State.

    Of course, most flag designs include a lot of symbology that isn’t a straight local adoption. As with the Columbus flag, New York city’s is the flag of the Netherlands that was in use at the time NYC was founded. It also has a seal on it. You also never see it..

    #360136

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    ^Agreed that the Chicago flag is great.

    As an OSU alum, I also agree with your color choice suggestion. How’s this:

    …or this to put the scarlet in the honor position (upper left):

    I was trying to maintain some consistency to avoid violent reaction to drastic change. But if we’re changing, I guess we might as well go all out.

    #360137
    alove
    alove
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    arenn wrote >>
    The Columbus flag isn’t that bad, apart from the seal. If you dropped that, you could adjust the bar widths to go with a classic tricolor design.
    The color scheme is a bit strange to me. I think the city flag of Columbus ought to include colors that call to mind the city, which those do not, and above all the colors that do that are those of Ohio State.

    Perhaps a tri-colored flag consisting of the seal’s light blue, yellow and that pretty orange-red. (Kind of) the three primaries! Indie art capital, yes?

    #360138

    arenn
    Participant

    That color scheme I like better. The odd crossing angles of the streets might violate some rules about flags. I’m not sure, you’d have to research the rules about that. I’d probably be inclined to go with a cardinal N-S bar for High St.

    #360140

    groundrules
    Participant

    the last thing this place needs is any more scarlet and gray. there’s just a touch more to this city than ohio state.

    #360141

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    arenn wrote >>
    That color scheme I like better. The odd crossing angles of the streets might violate some rules about flags. I’m not sure, you’d have to research the rules about that. I’d probably be inclined to go with a cardinal N-S bar for High St.

    I disagree. I think the unusual angle of High and Broad (due to the Scioto river) makes the flag unique and recognizably Columbus (at least to me). I’ve seen much crazier angles and curves on other flags. The following were highly rated by NAVA:

    Denver

    St. Louis

    Wichita

    groundrules wrote >>
    the last thing this place needs is any more scarlet and gray. there’s just a touch more to this city than ohio state.

    That was the reaction I was trying to avoid. I understand this view. The ubiquity of OSU in Columbus can be overwhelming for non-grads or fans. However, if you’re talking about creating a brand identity for Columbus – as arenn often does- I don’t think you can separate Columbus from OSU. It’s our most known, recognized, and meaningful asset. Columbus and Ohio State are completely co-dependent. Frankly, Columbus wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for the OSU cranking out grads and creating a talent dividend over a period of decades.

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