How would you design a flag for the whole world? That was the challenge set out by Adbusters recently: “We invite you to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship. A symbol that triggers pride and cohesion, whether worn on a backpack, displayed on a door, or flown on a flagpole. A symbol for anyone to declare membership in a growing and vital human cooperative.”
Want to see what people came up with?
Quite a few recurring themes there, of unity, diversity, cooperation and connectivity. The black and the plain off-white one are interesting too, both ‘anti-flags’. I like the more natural ones too, the sunshine in the bottom left, the earthy centre flag, and the simple horizon at the top.
And the winner…
Is this, from Marc Arroyo Ortiga, Germany: “A flag has too much symbolism in itself. It shouldn’t be a flag. But maybe, it should be a flag that doesn’t need to be a flag.”