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Flag advice super thread

Postby Crazy girl » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:17 pm

Since we've been getting several individual flag help threads lately, I figured it might be handy to give it its own thread, easy to find for both those who seek help, and those who like to give it.

Note that this is not a flag-makers thread.

If you need someone else to make a flag for you, look at this thread:

NEW Flag Makers/Requests

This thread is to ask and give constructive criticism on flags, or to help those poor indecisive souls to pick one.

For example, you have a lovely custom made flag, but feel it lacks something, it needs something more.
You can ask for constructive criticism here.

Another example, you have 3 versions of your flag, and you really can't decide which one to use.
This is the place to hear people's opinions.

Note that this is a thread for constructive criticism. If you just want to rate a flag, or show it off, try Forum 7's "rate the flag above" thread.

As an ending note, please respect each other's opinions.

To those asking advice, be mindful that those commenting are taking time to look at your flag and give you helpful advice. Be thankful.

To those giving advice, remember that it's still the other person's flag, and they may disagree with you. Please respect this.
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Postby Icamera » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:27 pm

I've always thought my flag seemed a bit... off, somehow. Maybe it's that the black borders on the cross don't show up well against the blue, but I'm not sure.

A couple of larger versions of my flag

Anyone willing to provide some constructive criticism or ideas as to how the design of my flag could be improved upon? Despite the above qualms, I'm fairly satisfied with it at the moment but am not averse to new ideas.
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Postby Ballotonia » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:59 am

Icamera wrote:I've always thought my flag seemed a bit... off, somehow. Maybe it's that the black borders on the cross don't show up well against the blue, but I'm not sure.

A couple of larger versions of my flag

Anyone willing to provide some constructive criticism or ideas as to how the design of my flag could be improved upon? Despite the above qualms, I'm fairly satisfied with it at the moment but am not averse to new ideas.


Switching between black and white borders around the blue causes the blue lines to be visually 'broken'. Even though the blue lines in the cross are straight, there is the optical effect that at the center of the cross the lines shift. This is a sign there's too much happening in your flag, in specific the contrast changes between the blue and the adjacent lines.

Compare for instance this version:
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I also took the liberty of removing the pixelation, and aligned the stars.

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Postby Icamera » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:19 pm

Ballotonia wrote:
Icamera wrote:
I've always thought my flag seemed a bit... off, somehow. Maybe it's that the black borders on the cross don't show up well against the blue, but I'm not sure.

A couple of larger versions of my flag

Anyone willing to provide some constructive criticism or ideas as to how the design of my flag could be improved upon? Despite the above qualms, I'm fairly satisfied with it at the moment but am not averse to new ideas.


Switching between black and white borders around the blue causes the blue lines to be visually 'broken'. Even though the blue lines in the cross are straight, there is the optical effect that at the center of the cross the lines shift. This is a sign there's too much happening in your flag, in specific the contrast changes between the blue and the adjacent lines.

Compare for instance this version:
Image

I also took the liberty of removing the pixelation, and aligned the stars.

Ballotonia

Hmm. Thanks for cleaning up the pixels, and the advice. Do you think...
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...is a good enough fix?
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Postby Ballotonia » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:02 pm

Yep, that works too. The grey has a sufficiently low contrast change with the blue.

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Postby Aurora Confederacy » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:43 am

When designing a flag, think about it having to be drawn by a child in kindergarten.

Yours works well
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Anyone like my new flag?

Postby Finnzil » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Tell me about it. It looks like the Japanese flag.
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Postby San Leggera » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:50 pm

Finnzil wrote:Tell me about it. It looks like the Japanese flag.

You might want to increase the contrast between the green and the blue.
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Postby Finnzil » Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:46 pm

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Thanks. I'll make sure to do that.
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Postby Ballotonia » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:54 pm

The 'sun' looks better when centered in the middle. An off-center position works for the Japanese naval flag due to the stripes which function like rays. Another good reason for it to be off-center would be the placement of a symbol or other visual element.

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How good is my flag...?

Postby Das Reich Gervak » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:07 pm

Is it any good, the flag of Das Reich Gervak...?

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Postby Lackadaisical2 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:10 pm

I'd give it a 2.
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Postby Belschaft » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:27 pm

Right now it appears far to cluttered for my tastes, and the colours clash far too much; that shade of yellow isn't a good choice. Less is usually more in flags; I'd keep the eagle and the cross, but change the colour scheme and relative sizes of the various sections. The rectangles on the left, for example, would look better as squares, and then if you want to keep the Iron Cross you could centre it properly.
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Postby Alyekra » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:37 pm

So I like this flag better than my old one, but how does it look to you?
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Postby Ravania Ultra » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:00 pm

Alyekra wrote:So I like this flag better than my old one, but how does it look to you?


The white shape looks a bit slobby... but very easy to spot. ;)
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A flag for Varessia

Postby Varessia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:06 am

The government of Varessia has decided that it is time to introduce a new national flag, and is allowing you, the international community, to choose which flag we will adopt.

Option 1
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Option 2
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Option 3
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We look forward to your responses and trust that you will vote for the best option.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:08 pm

Varessia wrote: Varessia ... is allowing you, the international community, to choose which flag we will adopt.

Sorry, no. Pick one. This isn't your voting thread.

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Postby Farfadillis » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:15 pm

I'd like to get some criticism on my flag. I made t myself on Paint and I like the design. But it's too small.
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Postby Novantis » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:22 pm

I also need help. I've got some info in my signature
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Postby Maltropia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:38 pm

Weeeeell Fris, he's sort of in the right place, though he's going about it in the wrong way:

Crazy girl wrote:you have 3 versions of your flag, and you really can't decide which one to use.
This is the place to hear people's opinions.
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Postby Varessia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:41 pm

Frisbeeteria wrote:
Varessia wrote: Varessia ... is allowing you, the international community, to choose which flag we will adopt.

Sorry, no. Pick one. This isn't your voting thread.

Sorry, I just recall seeing similar threads and thought that was the correct way to go about it.

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Postby Maltropia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:52 pm

Varessia wrote:
Frisbeeteria wrote:Sorry, no. Pick one. This isn't your voting thread.

Sorry, I just recall seeing similar threads and thought that was the correct way to go about it.

With a bit more detail, yes, it is. But that would probably be better suited to the Factbooks and National Information forum, which is an in-character forum, than to an advice and criticism thread. ;)
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Postby Rulanthia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:34 pm

I would like opinion on my flag please~ This is the first flag I've ever made, but I think it turned out well for it's purpose. Thoughts?

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Postby Alyekra » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:37 pm

I'd like some opinions on my flag, I'm thinking about changing it.
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Postby Rulanthia » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:43 pm

If I may Alyekra. The background stripe looks fine, the problem at least to my eyes are the symbols. The white section around them looks really off. However, if you were to get rid of the white, and put one symbol in each red corner section I think it would look much improved.

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