Flag Design Guidelines

  1. Be simple: Flags are seen from a distance, rarely up close. A flag on a 1″x 1 1/2″ is what a 3’x5′ flag looks like from 100 feet away. Keep it so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use meaningful symbolism: The shapes, colors, and symbols should mean more than what they look like. A blue stripe can represent water, yet still doesn’t scream “WATER” at someone viewing the flag.
  3. Use basic colors: Flags wear over time, and using basic colors ensures a long lifespan. Limit yourself to 3 colors from a standard 10-pack of markers.
  4. Don’t use words: Flags are meant to be seen, not read. From far away, lettering will be impossible to read. If the name of a city is needed to recognize the flag, then the flag isn’t distinctive enough.
  5. Be distinctive/similar: Only use similar visual elements to another flag if you want to associate with that flag. While a sun may be appropriate for Coral Springs because it’s one of the main elements of the City’s logo, a beach scene isn’t.

How do I make a flag?

Start off with a 1″x 1 1/2″ piece of paper and start drawing. This is just to give you a head start on the design principles. Once you have a simple design that’s unique and readable from that piece of paper, it’s time to move onto the next step. Here, we strongly suggest using software such as Flag Maker Jr.. If that’s not possible, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphic manipulation programs should do the trick as well. Just remember to set your dimensions to 3:5.

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