When you’re on the international stage, you want your design to say the most it can in the least amount of time, on the deepest level. This is a great new TED talk on the design of flags at the city level. Get ready for the Good, the Bad, and the just awful.
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.