EVERY GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD DESERVES A GREAT FLAG

Flags are potent symbols with varied interpretations. A flag can represent an idea or an ideal. When well designed it is neither decoration, nor an object to be honored for itself. It is honored for what it represents.

 

Every great neighborhood deserves a great flag. Denver is a city of many unique and cherished neighborhoods. Residents are fiercely loyal to their neighborhood and are passionate about protecting them. In this time of rapid growth and change for our City, a neighborhood flag has the power to bring people together. This will be an ongoing and evolving quest and I would love to hear what you think or if you are interesting in collaborating. Follow the project and help me make Denver more colorful.

Each flag is designed using the North American Vexillological Association's guidelines for flag design:

 

  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
  2. USE MEANINGFUL SYMBOLISM
  3. USE TWO TO THREE BASIC COLORS
  4. NO LETTERING OR SEALS
  5. BE DISTINCTIVE

— GALLERY —

THE FLAGS OF DENVER

—ABOUT—

This project is a combination of two my obsessions, cities and graphic design.

 

As a City Planner, I worked everyday with residents throughout the City of Denver, who all have one thing in common: immense pride for their  neighborhood. Yet, even residents of the same area have different visions for the future of their neighborhood, and in this time of rapid development in Denver, these differing ideals can tear neighbors apart. This project is an attempt to create a unifying symbol for neighbors. For more on flag design and its impact on civic pride listen to this.

 

The designs above, for the most part, adhere to the basic rules of flag design, or vexillology. The use of these design principles and other flag traditions have been used to create a consistent visual vocabulary . The individual designs were inspired  by researching the history, social characteristics and architectural form of each statistical neighborhood. I do not pretend to be an expert in flag design, nor Denver history, but these are just my creative attempts.

 

Learn more about me and this project at www.stevenchester.com

—CONTACT—

Want to be the first to know when a new flag drops? Have thoughts or ideas for your neighborhood's flag?  Get in touch below.

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