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Which national banners are aesthetically pleasing?

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Cyprus, cos it's got the outline of the island on it. The UK flag is far too complicated and far too easy to inadvetantly fly upside down!

MarkH, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I quite like the british flag, it looks nice on tea towels etc. Is there a flag that is pink out there? or is that in inappropriate colour for a nation that wants to be taken seriously?

Menelaus Darcy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Can one seperate the aesthetics of a flag from what it stands for?

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

whose flag is it that is not oblongular but rather two triangles one above the other?

Muanmhar (sp) has a cool lion dog with a sword

All picture flags are ace

mark s, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Triangles is one of Bhutan/Nepal/Tibet/Sikkim. I shall google and return.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

It is Nepal. I have no idea why I didn't just google before posting that last message. I am a fool.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

libya - plain green rectangle = minimalistly nice

mexico - eagle and snake = nicely overblown

chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

well, I think it should be possible to seperate the aesthetics from what it sttands for. What is the relevance of the boring NZ flag to national issues other than what with have imbued it with through constant conjunction? Maybe if China had a pink flag it would come to stand for communism?

more to the point I think pink has a bad reputation for being frivilous. Its time to reclaim pink for national pride or something. Carefree national debts and fun tourist activities

Or what about purple? thats a little more staid than pink, if one chooses a dark enough shade. Maybe Denmark should have a purple flag since same sex marriages are permitted?

Menelaus Darcy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

S: I like the Union Jack, especially when it's made into a 3-button blazer. The Stars & Bars are good too - it even looks good in flames. I like both the rising sun and the lonely red dot versions of the Japanese flag - and a poignant comment on the death of their empire too. And of course, the Pirate Nation's skull & x-bones can't be beat.

D: The Canadian flag is too new looking, like a focus-group-approved corporate logo. It is bland and reeks of consensus which, while surprisingly good qualities in a nation, make for a dull flag.

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

What does Greenland's flag look like?

Jonnie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

only flag i like is Black Flag - oy!

Geoff, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

greenland's flag is actually super-cool:

http://www.flags.net/GRLD.htm

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

oh, and Mark s are you thinking of Myanmar (formerly Burma)?

chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

skull and crossbones, arRRR

Alan Trewartha, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

There are loads of aesthetically pleasing banners. The ones I really hate are Italy and Ireland though, because they are basically the same fucking flag, did they just copy each other? It's like a high school exam and one of them is the smart kid and the other is the bully forcing the smart kid to share answers, but a dyslexic bully who writes it a bit wrong. Plus I am part Irish and part Italian with no geneological pride.

I like the German city flags.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

no i am thinking of muuminmaah formerly finland

mark s, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Ally, they're not that similar - green/white/gold v. green/white/red. Antarctica is my favourite. Big white splodge... what can it mean?

Madchen, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

mmm, lovely Marshall islands:

http://www.flags.net/MAIS.htm

chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Arizona state flag is very nice:

http://www.50states.com/flag/azflag.htm

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow! Greenland has got the COOLEST flag in the world.

That site's pretty cool actually because it's useful for questions like this.

Search: GREENLAND, Bahrain, Botswana, Canada, China, Georgia, East Timor, Latvia, Macedonia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Somalia, St Lucia, Vietnam, Wales

Destroy: Bulgaria, Central African Republic, Comoros, Dominican Republic, Isle Of Man, Kiribati, Libya, Macao, Palau

jamesmichaelward, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Australian Aboriginal flag rocks my world.

At school, pre-1995, we were taught that the yellow was for the sun, the red for the land and the black for the dreamtime.

I hate the new interpretation that the black is for the aboriginal people. They are brown or white or somewhere in-between, not black. Crikey!

toraneko, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I am very ambivalent about the Zimbabwean flag because I love the soapstone bird (they are gorgeous in real life) but I don't like the colours.

Sam, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Australian Aboriginal flag is great. Whatever it represents, it's cool to see that much black in a flag. Why not more black-based flags?

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No Italys is red and Irelands has orange.

The principle in Irelands being Green for Ireland, Orange for Northern Ireland and White for peace between the two.

Yeah ok so its a shit flag, but come on we're hardly setting the world on fire anyway.

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Canadas flag was focus grouped but at least we got the fucking colonial jack off it .
Brazil is perhaps my favorite

anthony, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Weren't the red squares on either side of the maple leaf originally to be blue, to represent the oceans? That would've been really ugly.

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks Fritz. I like Greenland's flag a lot.Chequered flags are great too but only because they remind me of The Specials.

Jonnie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Mauritania's flag looks like an emoticon when seen from afar. It must have confused pirates to see a Mauritanian boat with that flag.

Jonnie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Hey, if you snap Palmer Land (the peninsula bit) off Antarctica it looks like Fozzie Bear, side-on, without his hat. A bit.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

It looks like that thing from NeverEnding Story.

Jonnie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I think it looks a bit like a Sneetch

Madchen, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

All plain tri-colors in the French, Italian or Irish style are automatic duds.

When in doubt, just use a big old star - worked like a charm for Viet Nam, Somalia or the Congo.

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Dark orange and regular red are practically the same color!

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

PRACTICALLY.

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Flaggots, the lot of you!

Trevor, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm not even patriotic at all, but they're fucking flags, I don't care about it for either patriotic or aesthetic reasons. But having said that I don't think its much better or worse than all the other bloody flags in the world.

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

You should have seen what Pearson wanted for our flag, blue instead of red borders and three maple leafs instead of two, it was ugly. I like New Brunswick's with the crazy boat.

Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Notice we've avoided any discussion of flags with loaded connotations (except Old Glory) - nobody has mentioned the Swastika, Confederate flag or even the Israeli flag... are some symbols too potent to be discussed aesthetically?

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I like the one Bono was waving in that rebel song...what was it called? Oh, yes: "Sunday, Bloody Sunday."

My real fave is the Japanese flag (just white with red circle). Very elegant.

Mark, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i saw an old black guy wearing a confederate flag shirt yesterday. i think the red nazi flag with black-and-white swastika circle in the middle is gorgeous.

ethan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Just flicking through my atlas...

Bhutan...has a cool looking dragon on it, orange and yellow triangles in the background
Grenada...intracate design, stars, some sort of plant, red, yellow and green
Kiribati...has a sea motif (blue and white squigly lines), a rising sun and a bird flying (both yellow) on a red background. Lovely.
Sri Lanka...lion with sword...maroon, yellow, green and orange.
Uruguay...smiley sun (yellow), blue and white lines.

james, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Nazi flag is great, as was all their style achievements, I mean they had style consultants for fuck's sake. But if you say something like that people look at you weird. I don't know what the Israeli flag looks like.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.flags.net/elements/gif_flags/UNST085.GIF

If the image works, that's Washington D.C! Pretty wild.

THe Tennessee sate flag has three stars, one for each of the "Grand Divisions" (east, west, central). Tennessee used to be thort of almost as three different states: Memphis was capital of the West, Nashville the central, and Knoxville (vying with Chattanooga) the east. Of course whatever distinctions were once felt have been erased by franchising and the highway system.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

click on my name directly above for the israeli flag (not quite sure how I managed that)

fritz, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, wait then I did know what an Israeli flag looked like. What am I today, an idiot? I like that flag.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

nepal
http://www.flags.net/elements/gif_flags/NEPA001.GIF
Tibet
http://www.flags.net/elements/gif_flags/TIBE001.GIF

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

tibet wins.

Maria, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Israeli flag and the six points of the Star of David represent the fact that Israel risks being attacked from there, there, there, there, there and there

shinysteve, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

part of me feels uncomortable about the rainbow flag but it makes me feel at home when i am in strange city

anthony, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...
Prom Night just got uglier.

Pleasant-Plains, Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:29 (fourteen years ago) link

D: The Canadian flag is too new looking, like a focus-group-approved corporate logo. It is bland and reeks of consensus which, while surprisingly good qualities in a nation, make for a dull flag.

This makes me really happy, because it's so true! I like how '60s it looks, though, esp. the legacy it's left on our gov't depts.

http://www.sdc.gc.ca/images/signature.gif

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/miningtax/img/rncanlogo.gif

http://icnet.ic.gc.ca/publication/tb_images/ic_signatures.gif

Oh, and BC's flag is HORRID. It's as if Britain had invaded Argentina or something. ick.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/Bcflag.jpg

derrick (derrick), Friday, 24 December 2004 08:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Cyprus, cos it's got the outline of the island on it. The UK flag is far too complicated

!!! surely an outline of an island is more complicated than colouring in a few lines

ken c (ken c), Friday, 24 December 2004 10:30 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
search: Togo, Djibouti

destroy: Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia

Sororah T Massacre (blueski), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.rootsweb.com/~mogenweb/stlouisflag-4.gif

teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

search: estonia, brazil, marshall islands, libya, zambia
destroy: saint vincent and the grenadines, ukraine, bosnia-herzegovina, mongolia

inert false cat (sleep), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Saskatewan's is lovely:
ihttp://www.k12.nf.ca/acreman/Flags/flag.gif

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

"Saskatchewan"

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Bosnia & Herzogovina is all over the place! Looks like the trim from some hotel pamphlet.

Nunavut!
http://www.theodora.com/flags/new/nunavut_s.gif

Mestema (davidcorp), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 16:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Very strange to have a website on a flag like that.

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:04 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...
http://www.nava.org/Flag%20Design/city_survey.htm

teeny (teeny), Friday, 7 July 2006 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Ugh, Long Beach's flag is so lame.

Fsck Washing Ong's Hat (Chris Barrus), Friday, 7 July 2006 22:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Bosnia & Herzogovina is all over the place! Looks like the trim from some hotel pamphlet.

I believe it was more or less foisted upon the ex-warring factions of Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats by the UN High Representative or something, as a compromise (ie a design no-one could possibly like or feel represented them?).

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Saturday, 8 July 2006 20:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I love the Albanian flag!

http://www.33ff.com/flags/XL_flags/Albania_flag.gif

Canada's is super classic, too. There was a confusing joke about it in "Working," that short-lived sitcom starring an adult Fred Savage. Fred's boss says he wants to move to Canada because of their flag. Fred replies, "That's a maple leaf, sir." The boss was dismayed. What did he think it was supposed to be? It's obv. not a pot leaf.

Abbott (Abbott), Saturday, 8 July 2006 21:22 (thirteen years ago) link

New Mexico has a nice flag. It's vertically and horizontally symmetrical:

http://www.flags2000.com.au/images/us32_large.gif

Idaho's flag is the only flag out of 50 designed by a woman. You bet they try to paint Idaho as some feminist paradise because of it. (It actually isn't, don't tell anyone!) Also, it is one fugly flag.

Abbott (Abbott), Saturday, 8 July 2006 21:30 (thirteen years ago) link

You should have seen what Pearson wanted for our flag, blue instead of red borders and three maple leafs instead of two, it was ugly. I like New Brunswick's with the crazy boat.
-- Mr Noodles October 16th, 2001 8:00 PM.

haha, two leaves? (and yes it is "leaves" despite how the NHL has conditioned you to spell it) seeing double back in 2001.

Kim (Kim), Sunday, 9 July 2006 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

chicago's flag is dope

gbx (skowly), Sunday, 9 July 2006 00:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Not a flag, but Lincoln County's seal is killer in its simplicity:

http://www.idahopassport.org/assets/img/seals/s_lincoln.gif

Abbott (Abbott), Sunday, 9 July 2006 02:22 (thirteen years ago) link

haha I was all like wtf is that, a stovepipe hat on a tractor? and then I realized IT WAS.

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 9 July 2006 02:26 (thirteen years ago) link

It's probably my favorite piece of design.

Abbott (Abbott), Sunday, 9 July 2006 02:26 (thirteen years ago) link

cornwalls is beautiful

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 9 July 2006 02:33 (thirteen years ago) link

LIBYA (all green... very easy to make.....)

JTS (JTS), Sunday, 9 July 2006 14:00 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

http://www.fahnenversand.de/fotw/images/t/tr!goktk.gif

gabbneb, Friday, 11 January 2008 00:46 (eleven years ago) link

Fred replies, "That's a maple leaf, sir." The boss was dismayed. What did he think it was supposed to be? It's obv. not a pot leaf.

won't even bother to look, but there must be a bezillion images of canada's flag with pot leaf instead, right? maybe that shd be bc's.

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:43 (eleven years ago) link

http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/4049/imageuploadimageuq8.jpg

libcrypt, Friday, 11 January 2008 03:14 (eleven years ago) link

St. Petersburg (Florida)'s flag looks like a rejected tank top design:

http://www.floridaholidayreview.com/i/StPeteFlag.gif

Ol Bertie Dastard, Friday, 11 January 2008 04:20 (eleven years ago) link

Denver's would make a lovely wallpaper border:

http://www.largescaleworkshop.com/hoa/assn13247/images/denver%20flag.png?rand=0.8345841064872645

Ol Bertie Dastard, Friday, 11 January 2008 04:22 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Flags! In that a friend of mine has started up a new project, The Flag Blog:

http://flagblog.tumblr.com/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 November 2010 17:30 (eight years ago) link

"Flog" and "Blag" were already taken?

Canadian Club & Dr. Pepper (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 1 November 2010 20:54 (eight years ago) link

You never know.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 November 2010 20:55 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

its pronounced fleg fyi

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 July 2019 09:10 (two weeks ago) link

Weird and magnificent regional Russian flags featuring animals: a thread

— Fabrice Deprez (@fabrice_deprez) July 9, 2019

A good thread.

ShariVari, Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:29 (one week ago) link

it's an excellent thread and I've been subsequently spooked by being sent a pic of someone I know this morning wearing a tshirt based on the Zheleznogorsk flag

ogmor, Friday, 12 July 2019 09:09 (one week ago) link


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