The Mississippi Municipal League conference on the Gulf Coast opened with a parade of city flags. Some of the city officials in towns without flags wished they had a city flag.
What makes a great flag? The answer to that question can be found in a great little booklet compiled by Ted Kaye and published by the North American Vexillological Association. Here are the five basic principles to create an outstanding flag for your organization, city, tribe, company, family, neighborhood or even country:
1. Keep It Simple – the flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory;
2. Use Meaningful Symbolism – the flag’s images, colors or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes;
3. Use Two or Three Basic Colors – Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which will contrast well and come from the standard color set;
4. No Lettering or Seals – Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal; and
5. Be Distinctive or Be Related – Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.