Proposed Australian Flag Design – Traditional Green & Gold #Vexillology #Design

Australia – Flag history:

‘The colonies of Australia federated to become a single Commonwealth in 1901. That year, Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton announced an international competition to design a flag for the new nation. It attracted 32,823 entries. Five near-identical entries were awarded equal first and the designers shared the £200 prize. The Australian National Flag was flown for the first time in September 1901 at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, which was then the seat of the federal government.

It was announced in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 8 of 1903 that King Edward VII approved designs for the flag of Australia, known as the Commonwealth blue ensign, and for the flag of the merchant navy, known as the Commonwealth red ensign. The stars of the Southern Cross were simplified to four seven-pointed stars and one five pointed star. (The 1901 design depicted the stars with a differing number of points to signify their brightness.) In 1908 a seventh point was added to the Commonwealth star to represent the Australian territories.

An amendment to the Flags Act 1953 was passed in 1998 to ensure that the Australian National Flag can be changed only with the agreement of the Australian people.

Other official Australian flags include the Australian Aboriginal Flag, the Torres Strait Islander Flag and the ensigns of the Australian Defence Force.’

[Source: It’s an Honour – Australian National Flag]

THE CURRENT AUSTRALIAN FLAG:

Current Australian Flag

Current Australian Flag

TRADITIONAL GREEN AND GOLD – FINAL FLAG DESIGN #1:

Proposed Australian flag, Traditional Green and Gold - Final flag design #1

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #1

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #1 – Wireframe / notes:

Proposed Australian Flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Final flag design #1- Wireframe notes.

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #1- Wireframe / notes.

Design considerations – The design is:

– Simple / bold, uncluttered and balanced.
– Instantly recognisable through the iconic ‘Green and Gold’ and navy blue colour scheme.
– Inclusive and will promote Australia as a progressive country.
– Timeless, with strong symbolism unique to Australia.
– Designed to work in both a historic and modern setting.
– Respectful of Australia’s history and current flag – a ‘considered evolution’.
– Able to be viewed from either side.
– Works well within the wider world suite.
– Is scalable and works across all digital platforms, thinking specifically of mobile #DigitalAdaptation.
– So simple a child could draw it from memory.

Flag description: Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1:

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1 references The Australian landscape / environment, including the ocean, beaches / sand dunes / outback and sky / stars – inclusive as a concept to all Austrlaians from every ethnic background. The design uses strong symbolism, including a white Commonwealth or Federation star, (the seven points representing the unity of the six states and the territories of the Commonwealth of Australia), in the top left canton / corner. The design also incorporates The Southern Cross, (in the sky), on the right hand side of the flag, with a strong Green and Gold horizontal stripe – representing the beaches / sand dunes / outback and land.

The colour palette is instantly recognisable through the use of the iconic National ‘Green and Gold’ colours, and the traditional navy blue – sampled from the current Australian flag. I have added a turquoise blue that compliments these three colours to reflect both Australia’s strong relationship with the ocean and the country’s strong vibrant identity – as seen from a global perspective.

This flag design has been sensitively designed to ensure that it appeals to a broad audience / demographic, works at all sizes, stands the test of time and can be drawn by a child.

An inclusive colour palette:

Proposed Australian flag - A traditional Green and Gold colour palette.

A traditional Green and Gold colour palette.

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1 and the world suite:

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Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1 in various settings…

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1 flying in a south-westerly.

Proposed Australian flag - Green and Gold - Flag design #1 flying in a south-westerly.

Green and Gold – Flag design #1 flying in a south-westerly.

Traditional ‘Green and Gold’ flying above Parliament House, Canberra.

Proposed Australian Flag - 'Green and Gold' flying above Parliament House, Canberra

‘Green and Gold’ flying above Parliament House, Canberra

Green and Gold – Flag design #1 flying in Regent Street, London.

Proposed Australian flag - 'Traditional Green and Gold - Flag design #1 flying in Regent Street, London.

‘Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #1 flying in Regent Street, London.

Traditional Green and Gold design #1 – Rugby World Cup 2015

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold design #1 – Rugby World Cup 2015

Traditional Green and Gold design #1 – Rugby World Cup 2015

Traditional Green and Gold design #1 – Celebrating success at the Olympics in the Laser sailing class

Proposed Australian Flag - Traditional Green and Gold design #1 - Celebrating success at the Olympics in the Laser sailing class

Traditional Green and Gold design #1 – Celebrating success at the Olympics in the Laser sailing class

A flag design that represents / reflects Australia’s unique natural environment

Proposed Australian Flag - A flag design that represents / reflects Australia's unique natural environment

A flag design that represents / reflects Australia’s unique natural environment

TRADITIONAL GREEN AND GOLD – FINAL FLAG DESIGN #2:

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Final Flag design #2

Traditional Green and Gold – Final Flag design #2

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #2 – Wireframe / notes:

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Final flag design #2 - Wireframe / notes:

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #2 – Wireframe / notes:

Design considerations – The design is:

– Simple / bold, uncluttered and balanced.
– Instantly recognisable through the iconic ‘Green and Gold’ colour scheme.
– Inclusive and will promote Australia as a progressive country.
– Timeless, with strong symbolism unique to Australia.
– Designed to work in both a historic and modern setting.
– Respectful of Australia’s history and current flag – a ‘considered evolution’.
– Able to be viewed from either side.
– Works well within the wider world suite.
– Is scalable and works across all digital platforms, thinking specifically of mobile #DigitalAdaptation.
– So simple a child could draw it from memory.

Flag description: Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2:

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 is a simplified / stripped-back design. The design uses strong symbolism, including a yellow Commonwealth or Federation star, (the seven points representing the unity of the six states and the territories of the Commonwealth of Australia), in the top left canton / corner. The design also incorporates The Southern Cross on the right hand side of the flag, and has a very strong ‘Green and Gold’ theme throughout. The colour palette is instantly recognisable through the use of the iconic National ‘Green and Gold’ colours – sampled from the current Australian flag. This ‘Green and Gold’ flag concept / design is inclusive to all Australians from every ethnic background.

This flag design has been sensitively designed to ensure that it appeals to a broad audience / demographic, works at all sizes, stands the test of time and can be drawn by a child.

National colours of Australia – An inclusive colour palette:

Proposed Australian flag - National colours of Australia - An inclusive colour palette:

National colours of Australia – An inclusive colour palette:

Traditional Green and Gold – Final flag design #2 and the world suite:

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Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 in various settings…

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 flying in a south-westerly.

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Flag design #2 flying in a south-westerly.

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 flying in a south-westerly.

‘Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 flying in Regent Street, London

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Flag design #2 flying in Regent Street, London

Traditional Green and Gold – Flag design #2 flying in Regent Street, London

Traditional Green and Gold design #2 – Australian fans standing together

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold design #2 - Australian fans standing together

Traditional Green and Gold design #2 – Australian fans standing together

Traditional Green and Gold design #2 – Rugby World Cup 2015

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold design #2 - Rugby World Cup 2015

Traditional Green and Gold design #2 – Rugby World Cup 2015

 

TRADITIONAL GREEN AND GOLD – SHORTLISTED FLAG DESIGNS:

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 3

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 3

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 4

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 4

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 5

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 5

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 6

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 6

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 7

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 7

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 8

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 8

Proposed Australian flag - Traditional Green and Gold - Version 9

Traditional Green and Gold – Version 9

 

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