I just listened to an episode of 99 PERCENT INVISIBLE about flag design and I wanted to take a stab at it. I took a few minutes and made this flag for my city, Altoona, Iowa.
North American Vexillological Association principles of flag design
1. Keep it simple
2. Use meaningful symbolism
3. Use two to three basic colors
4. No lettering or seals of any kind.
5. Be distinctive
I tried to follow these principles however I don't have time to research so I am not sure how distinctive it is. Blue and green have already been used in Altoona's branding, but I chose some more exciting hues. The blue in mine somewhat represents the river to the west of us that runs through Des Moines. The green can also represent the farmland in the area. The middle triangle can be a capital A for Altoona and an arrow pointing positively to the future.
When I moved earlier this year I met my new neighbors, a family from Ghana. Noble is their boy in junior high and has an interest in design and animation. He has a website nobstarverve.hol.es where he creates educational videos. Check him out and give him some support.
He asked if he could design a logo for me and I said I would love one. He came back a day later with 3 options. He really surprised me with his style and the quality of the logos. My favorite is the middle one below, so he mocked it up on a t-shirt for me.
Keep it up, Noble!
A couple more years of practice and you will be further along than me at that age.
At work last week we had an hour to talk about our creative process and to try and make our own out of the crafts supplied. I saw fuzzy balls so I made an ice cream cone and related it to my work. Afterwards while searching for other people's creative process I found an agency that had an ice cream cone infographic! What a world.
In May of this year I signed up for Design Assign. I heard about it through a work email at the GIADC.
In June, I got paired with Prevent Child Abuse Iowa to design a brochure/flier.
Since 1975, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has led child abuse prevention efforts in Iowa through advocacy, awareness and assistance. PCA Iowa is the only statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and the only consistent voice for child abuse prevention during the state legislative session. The organization manages state and federal grant programs, which contribute financial support to community groups that provide services to families.
I met with Sarah from PCA Iowa and we went over the information that needed to be in the brochure. I then organized all that information and sketched a layout.
The goal was to develop a communications toolkit for community groups and organizations to use in sharing an important study on the correlation between adverse childhood experiences and adult well being. I designed a professional look for the toolkit, as well as an enticing and easy-to-digest brochure on the subject.