the city of orlando wants a new flag we need your help

Why a New Flag?

A flag is more than just a symbol, it is a source of civic pride that makes people feel more connected to their city. As the City of Orlando’s story continues to evolve, so does the need for a visual identity that is unique to Orlando. The contest is an opportunity for our community to create a new city flag together.

We want a flag that flies proudly around the entire city and outside our homes. A flag that people can rally behind and businesses are proud to display. A new flag that is designed by the people for the people.

Let’s Create It Together

what makes a good flag? all entries will be judged based on the north american vexillogical association's 5 principles of good design

principle oneKeep it simple: The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.

principle twoUse meaningful symbolism: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.

principle threeUse 2-3 basic colors: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.

principle fourNo lettering or seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

principle fiveBe distinctive or be related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

Design Guidelines

  • Design must be created on a 3×5 note card
  • Entries must be hand-drawn and use solid colors. No graduated colors or digital art will be accepted
  • All entries will be judged based on the North American Vexillological Association’s 5 principles of good design
  • A paragraph (150 words or less) explaining symbolism in the flag is required

design your flag on a three by five note cards

mail or drop off your entry at orlando city hall

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission dates: February 15 – March 22, 2017
  • Individuals may submit up to three (3) different entries
  • Entries must include contact information: name, address, phone number, email and a paragraph (150 words or less) explaining symbolism in the flag is required
  • Entries without contact information provided will be listed as anonymous
  • Everyone is encouraged to participate
  • There is no cost to participate
  • All designs must be submitted via traditional mail or delivered to one of seven locations
    • Orlando City Hall
    • Lake Nona YMCA
    • Engelwood Neighborhood Center
    • Rosemont Neighborhood Center
    • Beardall Senior Center
    • Jackson Neighborhood Center
    • Smith Neighborhood Center

Mail
Orlando City Hall
Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations
P.O. Box 4990
Orlando, Florida 32802

Drop-Off
Orlando City Hall
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32802

Drop-Off
Lake Nona YMCA
9055 Northlake Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32827

Drop-Off
Engelwood Neighborhood Center
6123 La Costa Drive
Orlando, Florida 32807

Drop-Off
Rosemont Neighborhood Center
4872 Rose Bay Drive
Orlando, Florida 32808

Drop-Off
Beardall Senior Center
800 South Delaney Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801

Drop-Off
Jackson Neighborhood Center
1002 West Carter Street
Orlando, Florida 32805

Drop-Off
Smith Neighborhood Center
1723 Bruton Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32805

Voting Guidelines

  • After submissions are received, a flag design review committee will participate in an extensive review and selection session to identify the top designs
  • The public will be asked to vote for their favorite design

Full Rules & Guidelines

 

Participant Guidelines

  • Submission dates: February 15 – March 22, 2017
  • All designs must be submitted via traditional mail or delivered to one of seven drop-off locations.
    • Mail
      Orlando City Hall
      Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations
      PO Box 4990
      Orlando, Florida 32802
    • Drop-Off Locations
      – Orlando City Hall
      – Lake Nona YMCA
      – Beardall Senior Center
      – Engelwood Neighborhood Center
      – Rosemont Neighborhood Center
      – Jackson Neighborhood Center
      – Smith Neighborhood Center
  • Design must be created on 3×5 note card
  • Entries must include contact information: name, address, phone number, email and a paragraph (150 words or less) explaining symbolism in the flag
  • Entries must be hand-drawn and use solid colors. No graduated colors or digital art will be accepted
  • All entries will be judged based on the North American Vexillological Association’s 5 principles of good design
    • Keep it simple: The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
    • Use meaningful symbolism: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
    • 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.
    • No lettering or seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
    • Be distinctive or be related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
  • Individuals can submit up to three different entries per person
  • Everyone is encouraged to submit

Legal Disclaimer: Entries that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered. All entries become property of the City of Orlando and the author/creator relinquishes all rights to the design and entries are subject to disclosure under Florida’s Public Records laws. The Flag Design Committee reserves the right to alter, modify, or combine designs to create an official City of Orlando flag. Submissions by members of the Flag Design Review Committee will not be considered.

Voting

  • After submissions are received, the Flag Design Review Committee will participate in an extensive review/selection session to identify the top designs; then:
  • Public voting will be available online from April 3 – April 14, 2017 on cityoforlando.net
  • Everyone is encouraged to vote
  • Individuals can vote only once

Flag Design Review Committee

 

  • Ted Bogert, Diamond Residential Mortgage
  • Grace Chewning, Orlando City Clerk Emeritus
  • Stephanie Darden, Prismatic
  • Joy Wallace Dickinson, “Florida Flashback” columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Terrance Hunter, Public Art Advisory Board
  • Chad Miller, Code for Orlando
  • Cole NeSmith, Creative City Project
  • Orlando Robles, Art Teacher, Orlando Science School
  • Dr. John Schott, North American Vexillological Association
  • Kyle Shephard, Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. and Chief Assistant City Attorney, City of Orlando

FAQs

 

Will my design become the flag if I win?

The Orlando City Council will vote and formally adopt the design as the City flag.

Will there be a monetary prize?

The flag campaign will not provide a monetary prize to the winners of the contest.

Do I have to be a resident of Orlando to submit?

No. The Orlando Flag contest is open to anyone who would like to submit a design.

Is there an entry limit?

Individuals can submit up to three different entries per person.

Is there an age requirement?

There is no age limit.

Is there a cost to submit?

No, there is no entry fee.

How do I learn how to make a well-designed flag?

Community resources such as art and design teachers are immensely valuable, as well as online Vexillology communities. Also click here to watch a TED Talk : Why City Flags Might be the Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed.

Resources

 

The American City Flag Survey of 2004 (PDF)

Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve ever noticed
Watch the TED Talk

Good Flag, Bad Flag- How to Design a Good Flag (PDF)

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