Creating a Community Flag

By creating a community flag, any county, region, city, town, village or neighbourhood can proclaim the unique identity of a place and its people. Many communities across the UK have taken up the challenge, and the Flag Institute is here to help at every stage of the process – offering flag design tips and advising on selection and registration.

  • Check out successful designs registered free of charge in the Flag Institute’s definitive UK Flag Registry
  • Find in-depth design advice in the Guiding Principles of Flag Design (2014), produced jointly by the Flag Institute and the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA)
  • Obtain essential information, advice and guidance on how to run an approved design competition from the Communities Vexillologist,

Flag design tips

Meanwhile – to begin creating a community flag – here are a few essential flag design tips:

1: Keep it simple

The flag should be simple enough for a child to draw from memory.

2: Use meaningful symbolism

The elements, colours and patterns used should relate to what the flag symbolises.

3: Use two to three basic colours

Use no more than three colours. These should contrast well and come from the standard colour set: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, black and white. Yellow and white work well on any other colours and vice versa.

4: No lettering or seals

Avoid any kind of writing or organisational badge, seal or coat of arms. It is better to use elements from an appropriate coat of arms as symbols on the flag.

5: Be distinctive or be related

Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

6: How will it fly in the wind?

Remember that the design must be distinctive when flying on a high pole in a strong wind or when hanging in windless conditions. Also remember that it will almost always ripple in the wind.