Today marks the deadline for design submissions for New Zealand’s national flag. No one has decided that we will be changing our flag yet. It might not happen at all, but submissions have been accepted for consideration.
As a designer and a tax payer, I agree that redesigning the flag is inevitable and something to think about for our future. Our flag is outdated and doesn’t reflect our nation. Still, changing the flag is an expensive, unpopular exercise we don’t need right now.
Design by committee is never a good idea and generally speaking, crowd sourced design is terrible. The panel of judges was appointed by the government from nominations and represent a broad range of New Zealanders. There are no designers in the panel, though the panel have expressed that they will be consulting with advisors including design and cultural experts.
Design by designers and selection by an experienced panel could work. But submissions accepted from anyone with an internet connection and selection by a cross section of people will be far more unpredictable. The sheer number of entries has been overwhelming and predictably range in quality. Buzzfeed posted a list of 20
best shockingly terrible flag designs which for entertainment’s sake you can view here.
There are some designs that are actually pretty sweet so I thought I would put together a round up of those submissions. Some of these have been submitted by real life designers (yay!), in which case, I’ve included links to their work.
10 New Zealand flag designs that don’t suck
Designed by: Kris Sowersby from Wellington
Kris is an internationally recognised typeface designer based in Wellington and has submitted many designs to this project, although this was my favourite. You can view more of his designs and also submissions inspired by his designs here.
Designed by: Pax Zwanikken from Nelson
Designed by: Gerbrand van Melle from Auckland
Maori AH1 2×6 Flag V02
Designed by: Peter Ataahua from International
Sense of Place_ # 5 (looking back, moving forward)
Designed by: Cameron Gibb from Auckland
Interpretations of the Southern Cross 1
Designed by: Ilker Yoldas from International
Designed by: Tom Parkes from Wellington
The Cross of Spheres
Designed by: Sam Stradwick from Auckland
New Horizon 4
Designed by: Phillip Bannister from Auckland
The Direction Home (silver)
Designed by: Michael John Hill from Auckland
I would be happy with any of these designs as our national flag. Would you?
You can check out these designs and more over on the official submission gallery here.