City Flag Challenge

Scottsdale hopes a new flag will become an immediately recognizable symbol of the proud and accomplished desert community known around the world for its blend of western heritage, natural beauty and modern art and culture.

Thank you to all who participated by submitting designs or providing your input on flag design selection. We will update you soon with the next steps in the process.

What makes a great flag?

According to the North American Vexillological Association, a group dedicated to the study of flags, there are five basic elements that make up a great flag:

  1. Keep it simple. The flag should be so simple a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use meaningful symbolism. The flag's images, colors or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. Use 2-3 basic colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. No lettering or seals of any kind. Never use writing of any kind or an organization's seal. These get small, blurry and can't be understood from a distance.
  5. Be distinctive or be related. Avoid duplicating other flags but use similarities to show connections.

We highly recommend watching this entertaining and enlightening TED Talk from Roman Marslinks to external site to understand what is considered good flag design.

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