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This is a general dedicated to the design of flags, also known as vexillography.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexillography

Talk about flags, design flags, critique other anons flags, and of course, discuss how you could do so much better if you were allowed to redesign your countries flag.

Resources:
>rules for flag design
https://howlettstudios.com/articles/2018/10/10/5-rules-of-flag-design

>how to break those rules
https://howlettstudios.com/articles/2018/10/10/5-rules-of-flag-design

>why city flags are the worst
https://youtu.be/pnv5iKB2hl4

>basic flag designer if you dont have access to image editors
https://flag-designer.appspot.com/#d=0&c1=7&c2=6&c3=3&o=6&c4=7&s=11&c5=5

There seem to be several flag threads up at the moment, so lets give this a go and see if there is enough interest for a full time general
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>The flag of the Seychelles flag consists of five different coloured bands (blue, yellow, red, white, and green) starting from one end and diverging towards the other end. The oblique bands symbolize a dynamic new country moving into the future. The colour blue depicts the sky and the sea that surrounds the Seychelles. Yellow is for the sun which gives light and life, red symbolizes the people and their determination to work for the future in unity and love, while the white band represents social justice and harmony. The green depicts the land and natural environment.
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>At the time of its adoption, the South African flag was the only national flag in the world to comprise six colours in its primary design and without a seal and brocade. The design and colours are a synopsis of principal elements of the country's flag history. The colours themselves have no essential meaning.

>According to official South African government information, the South African flag is "a synopsis of principal elements of the country's flag history." Although different people may attribute personal symbolism to the individual colours or colour combinations, "no universal symbolism should be attached to any of the colours." The only symbolism in the flag is the V or Y shape, which can be interpreted as "the convergence of diverse elements within South African society, taking the road ahead in unity".
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>The black and gold design on the flag of Maryland is the coat of arms from the Calvert line. It was granted to George Calvert as a reward for his storming a fortification during a battle (the vertical bars approximate the bars of the palisade).

>The red and white design is the coat of arms of the Crossland family from South Crosland in West Yorkshire in England, the family of Lord Baltimore's mother, and features a cross bottony with the red and white sides of the cross alternating. Since George Calvert's mother was an heiress, he was entitled to use both coats of arms in his banner.
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I guess I'll post some of my own shitty fictional flags
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>>386154
those colors hurt my eyes but it's better than the basic bitch seal-on-blue flag that they have now
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Just made this. The flag is meant to represent an isolated industrialist faction that lives at the bottom of the ocean. With the center charge, I tried to evoke a sense of mechanical industry, without doing something as overt as a gear or a crab made of circuits or something.
I'm not super sold on the colors but I cant think of another combination that would work well.
What do you guys think?
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>>386349
why not make the entire background blue?
it's pretty cool, but all I can see is the coronavirus
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>>386866
>why not make the entire background blue
a few reasons
1. I feel it would make the flag a little less visually interesting especially since its a setting where the world is flooded and a lot of other flags have blue - however I acknowledge that the center charge is the more important part of the flag, symbolically, so even if it was just on a blue field it could still get the message across.
2. the edges represent the deep trenches of the oceans
3. I feel like the angled edges give it a kind harsh feel, which I feel goes well with the faction they're associated with. That being said I don't like black as a color for flags so I wouldn't mind an excuse to get rid of them. If you have any suggestions for alternate designs I'd love to hear em
>all I can see is the coronavirus
HE KNOWS, SHUT IT DOWN
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Black and white flags are the best.
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>>386898
Breizhed and breizhpilled
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>>386898
what is that from?
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>>387115
Brittany region, France.
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>>386132
>>386134
>>386136
>>386137
>>386139
>>386140
These feel really minimalist and "company logo to appeal to 20 year old feminists"-like.
>>386135
>>386138
>>386349
I really like these, though. Feel like they represent actual countries

Anyway, here's mine.
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>>387131
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>>387133
nice
what do the various elements represent?
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When I declare my Mormon theocracy I will make this our flag
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>>387569
why drag the swiss into it?
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>>386053
The fuck is this, a flag for wetzels pretzels?
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>>386062
Looks like a mess between the Durham flag with an Angus county flag.
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>>387845
Because Utah is basically Switzganistan
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How shit is my flag?
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>>388271
Damnit, wrong image
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>>388274
Idk, imo flags should strictly be the absolute most basic of shapes like stripes and circles and stars. The point of them is to be seen from very far away and immediately recognizable, not inspected up close like a seal or crest
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>>388276
Ok thanks, I will keep the bird though as it's got some symbolism to it.
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>>387845
I this how we break Swiss neutrality?
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>>386898
Heraldic flags are based.
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Thoughts?
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Reddit's been pretty busy coming up with possible Hong Kong's flags since the protests - at least for something that's better than a bunch of writings...the most here seem pretty meh. (the royal blue-gold one is alright though - my personal favourite)
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>>388473
Meanwhile, a newspaper back in Hong Kong actually made a contest for the best redesign - pic related by a guy named Wiliyum got the most winning votes:

https://www.passiontimes.hk/4.0/voteflag.php

>The Kapok (flower of Cotton tree) is known as the hero tree in Cantonese, which symbolizes the weight of Hong Kong in east Asia; its flowers are unscattered, and it is a symbol of the home country of all the people in the world; the eighteen stamens symbolize the people of the eighteen districts.

>The golden cloud and thunder pattern arches the kapok, Hong Kong founds the nation to follow the people, inherits China. The blue background symbolizes the ocean and echoes the British rule.
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>>388473
reddit trannies ruin everything. they are all horrible
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>>387333
>1st flag
Blue and red: Civil ensign of the Second Confederation of Rodinia (Rozheinia). Red represents the individual confederates and the blue represents their unification under law and the Word of God.
Emblem: The emblem is part of "St. Cyril's Wonder," the crown that was worn by the Rozheinian king when it was still under a kingdom.
>2nd flag
Red and blue: Motif of pan-Rozheinian heritage.
Design: Traditional Pidzilian designs, usually woven into scarves or quilts.
>3rd flag
Horcheghnia was a colony established under the name of "Corneria," after the planet of course. The leaves and globe also come back to this era.
Text: Simply says the name of the Republic of Horcheghnia in Pizil and Horcheg.
(Horcheg) Horčeǧ Ržečpolita
(Pizil) Řḗčṗĕl'ta K̇órnsn'
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PLEASE redesign the flag of Pandunia. For more information, check www.pandunia.info .
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What do we think of this flag?
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>>386053
Whats a good image editor I can use ?
I've been using MSpaint this whole time.
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>>390040
Paint.NET
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>>390024
lame just like the flag of the state
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>>390038
kek
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>>388003
I can see where you're coming from, but the commonalities between those flags (counterchanging - i.e an object is divided as the background with reversed colours- and quartering -divided into quarters with different arms in each quadrant-) are pretty common features in heraldry, notably British tradition of which all of these derive. Not very specific to any of these 3 flags.
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>>388274
The colours need some work. Try changing the eagle to something that'll stand out against the background (possibly a pale colour like white or yellow, etc). Right now everything is too dark. Flags don't have to comprise strictly of basic geometric shapes, but should at least be identifiable.
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>>390040
gimp for green peppers and circles
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>>390040
For flags, vector editors are best, Inkscape (free) is a servicable example
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>>387999
Flag of FIAV, International Federation of Vexillological Associations
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here's mine, i lost the original pic long ago
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>>386890
The deep ocean trench inference immediately jumped in my mind when seeing this, so good job on that part
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>>390024
Fixed it
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>>390024
Where's the hammer and sickle tho
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>>390024
already out of date, lmao
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first draft of a fictional island nation flag, founded by a rich industrialist (a la Elon Musk). super new to the hobby so feedback is super welcome
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>>390024
SOAB
seal on a bedsheet
0/10
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any distributist flags? or good christian flags?
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First time doing one of these. How bad is it?
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Another Virginia state flag mock up
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>>388274
Still pretty shit. It's just an Imperial Aquila that's had its wings clipped, in front of three mountains of shit.
However, I took a quick try at redesigning it.
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>>388271
>>388274
>>391421
Furthermore, as other anons have mentioned, the colors are really gross, so here's a black and white version that can also be used to easily try out different colors.
I'm by no means a professional. Experimentation is important. Keep trying. I suggest you study the fundamentals of flag design. There are a few links in the OP that should help you out.
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>>391376
>>391407
I think they're both pretty damn good, design wise. Though, the imagery of a spear through a crown is a bit... crude.
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>>390024
needs more bullet holes
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>>391376
EU.

>>391407
Explain imagery.
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>>391445
>>391423
The spear through the crown is meant to be a minimalist interpretation of the current flag.
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Since it's topical.
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>>388271
>>388274
>>391421

Each one is worse than the last
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>>391531
You try redesigning that shitheap then
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May Allah grant me the power to turn this into a reality.
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>>388466
RUNA FTW!!!

Note to all -- flags have symbolism more than beauty. Corporate flags or logos (attempt to) have beauty before meaning.
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>>391531
Concurred, the first one there was solid enough, then the last one went full mundane.
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>>390421
... if you have the requisite degree in hyperdimensional physics
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>>388473
Why the fuck are foreign westerners trying to design a flag for a group of Asians trying to become sovereign? Let them figure it out themselves. Wtf.
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>>387999
>>390472
It is the knot that you use to properly secure a flag.
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>>392265
it's typical reddit, they think anything they come up with is gold
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>>386053
>99 days
Man this board is dead
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>>391757
It looks like a Dragon ball.
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>>391376
>>391407
>>391446
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>>392815
Would ditch the star, it's supposed to have positive connotations in US heraldry, but the fact that it's red makes it seem like an anti-communist thing, but it's on a crown so idk. Better than the other two, it's not on the nose at all. But if told you'll see it.
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>>392817
You should probably have colored in the shield with the stars and bars like irl. But it could see this being an armband for some Fascist US faction.
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>>391757
incredibly based, hope this becomes real too
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>>392816
very nice, but i suggest to make the lines a bit thicker and get rid of the yellow outline
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>>386053

I'm from Cornwall and this is our flag. Our county was originally treated as one giant port for England and where a LOT of smuggling went on.

nobody ever talks about it but it is where pirating was first documented. the whole county hated England and the taxes they demanded on trading.. so they became a black market “state”, if you will, and generally broke all manner of laws regarding trade, started to steal from English ships and created their own pirate flag - a black and white version of the england flag. a fuck you to paying taxes and a declaration that Cornwall is pirate country and will take what it wants.

being a tiny corner of the world and no army it was quickly squashed by england and remains a part of is but if you ask any local they still to this day want independence like Wales and Scotland. Will never happen though.

the flag is still used to this day and its meaning is confused and lost.

Cornish pirates are the true original pirates of the world. and I think our flag is cool as shit
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>>386053
Anyone know where I can find a higher resolution version of this coat of arms? Can't find an SVG or higher res anywhere.
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is this a good flag brehs?
also why the FUCK can't we post svgs
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>>392791
/gd/ has always been a slow board retard
there are threads on here from literal years ago
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>>392818
unfathomably based
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>>393518
You know nothing of flag design, do you?
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>>393452
Why don’t you just vectorize it you lazy fucking numbskull?
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I seriously cannot figure out inkskape

I just want to recolor this stupid flag but it keeps leaving bits of black unchanged
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>>393518
there's so many cool ones and you show them this?
Chubut, Tierra del fuego, Cordoba, Santiago del Estero... anything but this
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Flags for a fictional Australian Political Faction, thoughts?
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>>393644
The first flag is the best one, the last two don't really have much in the way of semblance to Australian heraldry. Fascist regimes embraced the very modern aesthetics to demonstrate themselves as forward thinking movements. That should be what a fascist AU flag goes for. What you've created is rather generic.
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>>393644
bad
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>>393546
what the fuck is that supposed to be
is your flag wearing a furry buttplug?
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>>394000
ask the nation of Swaziland
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>>394000
>>394017
How embarassing!
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>>394018
>>394000
>>394017
now answer my question. why does this stupid program not fill the whole area like it's supposed to.
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>>394017
It's a shield my guy
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>>394019
No idea, I don't use inkscape
hope that helps
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korean unity

>>393546
it looks as though the outlines are different object, it has nothing to do with inkscape but rather the svg you downloaded
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>>388474
GOAT
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>>394064
10/10 would fly
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>>393546
maybe disable stroke on all objects
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>>390024
we barely knew ye
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>>388274
Colors are muddled shit. The triangular background could work if you flip it. The sides of the main triangle being parallel with the triangular shape of the eagle.
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>>386053
I'll post some flags I made up for my city
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>>395495
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>>386138
this one is really nice, anon
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>>392816
really nice, this is a mars flag right?
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Related Vexillology:
>the flag belongs to Harold Thomas, an Aboriginal artist who designed it in 1971 for his people's civil rights movement.
>Mr Thomas retains the full copyright - a status clarified by a legal battle in the 1990s - and he has leased reproduction rights to different companies over the years.
>Most recently, in 2018, he signed a deal with a firm called WAM Clothing. It gives the company exclusive global rights to use the flag on clothing, physical media and digital media.
>Unlike previous lease holders, the company has aggressively enforced these rights. Several Aboriginal organisations - including not-for-profits - have found this out the hard way.
LOL PWND
Article: bbc.com/news/world-australia-49315063
I always like this flag clean and distinct
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Fictional Bosnian flag I made a few months ago for fun. Tricolor due to the Slavic background, but also representative of the three ethnicities living there. The crest is a historical reference to the coat of arms, representing the river Bosna and in extension the kingdom it used to be.

Blue - Catholics; the rivers, the origins.
Red - Orthodoxy; family, blood, conflicts.
White - Muslims; the sky, the new coat.

Also, I have no clue about vexillography or making flags. It was just something I made for fun, so it probably isn't anything great.
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>>386132
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>>392816
very nice!
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>>389309
Help. I'm desperate.
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>>397183
that's retarded, esperanto is already a thing and their flag is awesome
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>>389309
>>397183
not my best work but seeing as you're desperate
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>>395515
yup!
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>>388473
Jesus, how hideous. The ones on the right look like feminine hygiene products.
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>>388473
my suggestion
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>>397517
ソビエト日本共和国
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>>386349
replace the black with a very dark blue and YES
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>>391145
>>391145
upper left hand section too small. colors pretty horrible looking: not bright or energetic, like bile sick.
nut/cog is a cliche symbol, would an industrialist really want his symbol to be a cog and not something symbolic of the outcome of his industry. musk is focused on the results/benefits, midwits are focused on the methods. what would be the outcome your fictional person really stands for?
lines of the cog are too thin/colors have too little contrast with the black
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>>397363
kek
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>>388274
Keep only the center mountain, slightly enlarge the aquila, and play around with the colors
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My lil bro made a flag in minecraft. Rate it.
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>>396763
huh, not bad, reinforces the color palette and makes it a bit more vibrant
good addition
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>>395514
thanks
>>387131
>These feel really minimalist and "company logo to appeal to 20 year old feminists"-like.
What would you recommend in order to avoid that, while maintaining the symbolism of the imagery?
Most of my graphic design experience comes from simplistic logo designs, but it feels like for an authentic looking flag you need to maintain a balance between being simple and recognizable, and being complex enough to derive a unique meaning and convey a unique aesthetic.
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>>394017
You meant to say "eSwatini"
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Designed a flag for Michigan, each green band is a peninsula, connected by the Mackinac Bridge, the 4 blue areas representing the 4 Great Lakes it touches.
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>>398096
Just looks like a H bro
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Any good flags for an alliance in this online game I am playing?

The initials are "MC"

so far the top rated 1 is this
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>>398388
Mine Craft?
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Here's a flag I made of an organization made of the ultra rich, nobles, and royals.

What are you thoughts Anons?
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>>397876
Profound
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Dhe Jiu Jitsu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=froLa1nHWYo
Fearz Dhe Sakuraba

>Dhe Gracie Hunter
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>>398530
no it's a different game. MC is the initials of our alliance's name, not the game
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Sup I made this based on the flag found here:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caacup%C3%A9?useskin=monobook
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>>398754
this is the image its based on btw, funny how low quality it is
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>>398563
but what does it MEEEAAAN?
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Not really original, but have been trying to spruce up the Faction flags for Bannerlord, this is probably my favourite that I have made so far.
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>>386349
had a lil play around
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>>386349
>>399126
Gave it a little try Anon, apologies for the poor quality, just chilling on my laptop and dont have any proper software installed for editing.

I really like the Idea you were going for with the trenches, almost as if the flag "bottoms out" on the seabed, tried to do that a little bit with these.
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>>399130
part two
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>>399130
>gradients
>on a flag
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>>388474
looks fucking great





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