WHAT IS CITY FLAG DESIGN

How do you feel about your City Flag?

Do we have a People’s Flag?

Who even knew!

“Unofficial: Peoples’ CITY FLAG DESIGNs”

A SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL EXHIBIT

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

1–17 March 2019

This innovative Exhibit launches a new debate across Greater Sydney about ‘our identity’ and asks “to whom are these ‘works on cloth’ relevant today?”

Visit Riverside Theatres Parramatta to see this very first round of designer’s ideas towards a Peoples' Flag of Sydney. These are displayed beside some of the worlds best City Flag designs, both official and unofficial.

In Sydney today how widely meaningful is contemporary Vexillology, the study of Flag design?

Without doubt, in hotspots around the planet City Flag re-design is transforming time weathered symbols into a new minimalist visual language. Some flags are loathed for their inaccessible and cluttered old-school compositions, others just labelled as 'dreadful' among a critical design profession. Avante-garde designs however are beauties, such as Amsterdam (1975), Chicago (1917) and the new ‘unofficial’ Achterhoek Flag (2018). These examples have compact meaning that distills pride of place and transcend a normally invisible municipal function to reach deeper into levels of community endearment.

Quite a challenge for Sydney to aspire to, don’t you think?

This process is looking for the ‘Ho(i)st with the Most’ reinvigorating earlier symbols, histories and spirit of place to inspire new civic identity into the future.


Call out for ENTRIES

Call Out to emerging and established Designers to submit proposals.

Join the challenge to create 1 OR 3 impactful designs: for Parramatta the ‘Central City’; for Sydney ‘Harbour City’; and for the ‘Western Parkland’ City region of Liverpool and Penrith, NSW. Perhaps ahead of time, this hypothetical exposé aims to inspire public engagement with refreshing new visual materials may burst through to a reality.

WATCH THIS SPACE !

Entry Conditions Here. Design Entry is free, however Donations are Welcome Here.

ROMAN MARS’ CRITIQUE: City Flags ARE the worst designed

Inspiration: some Good city FLAG re-DESIGNs

TED KAYE’s RULES: “Good flag bad flag” (via ausflag)

Exceptions: GREAT FLAGs that break the rules

the City of Sydney flag, 1908

Official City of Sydney Flag to be flown only from Town Halls

DESIGN A SYDNEY FLAG

Call out to emerging and established Designers to submit proposals for an unofficial ‘Harbour’ City Flag for the all Sydney-siders or all of Greater Sydney. At this stage the invite is towards a “Peoples Flag” concept, that is not to replace any City Council Flag or crest, yet these are design clues to investigate in your design.

Info notes on the official City of Sydney Flag

Notes on the City of Sydney Coat of Arms

  • Submit 1:2 ratio 1800 x 3600px

  • Files types PDF, JPG, SVG

The Flag of Amsterdam

the City of Parramatta flag, 2010

The City of Parramatta Council flag bears the 1861 Crest. Image by Jens Pattke and Antonio Martins-Tuvalkin, 2010, updated 2016.

DESIGN A PArramatta flag

Call out to Designers to submit proposals for a ‘Central’ City Flag for the Parramatta region.

Notes on the 1861 Parramatta Crest history

  • Submit 1:2 ratio 1800 x 3600px

  • File types PDF, JPG, SVG

Council crest designs, c.1950–2017, Parramatta Heritage Centre archives, A2015/18

Council crest designs, c.1950–2017, Parramatta Heritage Centre archives, A2015/18

MAILto: Cityflagredesign@spin.net.au

the Greater Sydney flag, 1988

Unofficial Greater Sydney Ensign, 2005, John Vaughan

design a ‘WESTERN PARKLANDS’ FLAG

Call out to Designers to submit proposals for a ‘Parklands’ City Flag for Western Sydney region.

Notes on City of Liverpool arms

Image of 1979 City of Blacktown coat of arms

the ‘Greater Sydney Ensign (based on a 1832 flag) was detailed by John Vaughan, 1988 for citizens to fly, distinct from the City of Sydney’s Official Civic Flag.

  • Submit 1:2 ratio 1800 x 3600px

  • File types PDF, JPG, SVG

Achterhoek Regional Flag. The Netherlands, design Paul Heutinck (2018)

A flag in Parramatta, Uluru Sky G1 by Simon A Cook. photo Stefan Petrov 2018


A flag in Parramatta, Uluru Sky G1 by Simon A Cook. photo Stefan Petrov 2018

A flag in Parramatta, Uluru Sky G1 by Simon A Cook. photo Stefan Petrov 2018