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Chronicle of a flag design

I'm like a lot of folks. I heard Roman Mars' TED Talk on flag design. It so happens that the flag he focussed his criticism on, San Francisco, is the city I live in and call home. Little did I know back then in 2015, that I would become passionate and at times obsessive in my quest to design a new flag for San Francisco.

I didn't want to make a flag that looked cool - it had to be a truly great flag that really showed the uniqueness and energy of San Francisco mixed in with a bit of history if possible. As you'll see in the designs below, I have focussed on two to three main themes with a huge number of weak to mediocre designs and hopefully one or two that are worthy to fly on a flagpole atop San Francisco City Hall along with the California and American flags.

Per the guidelines of the flag 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 s…

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