A New Flag for all of London (Greater London)
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A City flag, whats the point...
Many cities around the world have a city flag, cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and Chicago, even UK cities like Birmingham, all have great flags. These cities all have a symbolic piece of fabric that represents both their people and the city they live in, made for the rest of the world to see. People are in many cases more proud of their city flag more than of their national flag, due to the fact that they are so personal.
Flags don't just appear on municipal buildings, they can be found on anything from a trendy t-shirt, to beach towel. Obviously, what we need is a really well-designed flag, one with a simple yet symbolic design that makes all Londoners proud to be who they are.
Why we need a new one...
Greater London does not have an official flag. Although the 'City of London' does have a flag, the problem is that its 80% just England's flag (and that is plain unoriginal, plus we already have a flag for that). The closest thing to a City Flag for London is the old flag of 'The County of London', that is so badly designed you probably don't even know what it looks like (Google it...then see Amsterdam's flag and Chicago's flag and you will see London's problem).
This TED talk by American designer Roman Mars is why city flags are so important. Click Here
That being said, designing a Flag is one thing, designing a good one that works for everyone is another. But with a city as creative as London, we won't be short of options, especially if we have a flag design competition.
I am simply asking for a new flag design, to bring all Londoners under one banner. A logo for the brand that is 'London'. This flag should be so personal to all Londoners and the city itself, that it will appear all everywhere, as an extension of the London identity.
With enough support, I hope to bring this to the attention of the Mayor of London and the Flag Institute to formally recognise a flag for the city, a flag that can be flown all over London for people to see and enjoy.
There are bigger problems in the world, but we can still make things better one little step at a time, that is what designing something is all about. The small changes that make life that little bit nicer.
All the best,
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