TEDxNaperville Flag Design: Wes Douglas

Here is an interesting work by Wes Douglas.

He wrote:

As the artist-in-residence for @tedxnaperville on November 6th, I was asked to create one flag design representing each speaker's presentation in real time (meaning I had 18 minutes per sketch).

I have included my designs here because I feel that the principles of good flag design also apply to sketch noting. Here is what constitutes good flag design according to the North American Vexillological Association:

1. Keep It Simple: a child should be able to draw your design from memory.

2. Use Meaningful Symbols: the flag's images, colors and patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.

3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors

4. No Lettering, Crests or Seals: if you need to spell out what your flag represents, your symbolism has failed.

5. Be Distinctive or Related: Avoid using designs from other flags. Each flag should have its own story to tell.

One thing I noticed is that the most well designed flags also come with a lot of publicity to promote their story. At TEDx Naperville, I did not have such luxury so the organizer allowed me to write a little.

Great tips!

Thanks for sharing with us, Wes!

- Mauro



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