WESTRIAN ACADEMY OF MAPS
Every year, WAMF students
undertake experimental projects that address issues of existing flags,
their design, history, elements, and possible improvement. Students
complete small design charette projects each year. The following
is a sampling of one of these projects, centering around national flags
of Vexillium. Semester: Fall 298.
Semester Project, Problem
1: "You were commissioned to update or redesign the
national flag of ______.
Design and illustrate your solution."
Student: Stephan Kramthzel (Junior) - Nation: Davenport
Kramthzel: "The original elements of the Davenportian flag were
retained, but graphically enhanced to increase long-distance visibility,
and giving it an overall more modernized layout"
Student: Rudolph Michenthz (Sophomore) - Nation: Lamb's Cove
Michenthz: "Lamb's Cove's flag is largely unchanged from the original,
with the ecxeption of an additional white ring around the central 7-star
emblem, to avoid the somewhat clashing colors of the olive green center,
and adjacent red and blue."
Student: Allan Sheynver (Senior) - Nation: Whitlam
Sheynver: "I designed a new ten-star-emblem, arranging the 10 stars
standing for the 10 states in a pleasing pentagonal matter. The yellow
triangles symbolizing Mount Edward were retained, but moves to the bottom
of the flag - this increases the overall 'stability' of the layout (as
does the centering of the star emblem)."
Student: Andurs Grethzig (Freshman) - Nation: Ferrata
Grethzig: "I simply changed the brightness graduation of the red
- now the lighter areas are in the center, giving the seal of the Nine
Trybes a luminant effect. The added dark red vertical bars help anchor
the flag overall."
Student: Joseo Masimonha (Junior) - Nation: Ordland
Masimonha: "The original design is replaced with the same basic
elements, but arranged in a more modern fashion - the sun and moon emblem
shows much better on the black background."
Student: Vinzeta Om'halle (Senior) - Nation: Africablue
Om'halle: "My proposal includes elements of both, Mauretania, the
protector nation, and Africablue, combined to form a new arrangement that
instantly communicates the spirit of the nation."
Student: F. J. Treveblanche (Junior) - Nation: New Aquitania
Treveblanche: "Only a small change. I tried to address the
staticity of the green bar covering the red stripe - I believe the flag
becomes lighter and friendlier with the simple addition of a white cross,
which allows the colors to co-exist, instead of compete."
Student: Grossmar Ingpascsson (Sophomore) - Nation: Islandia
Ingpascsson: "More a simplification than a redesign, the feel of
the national colors remains, while making the flag more dynamic."
Student: Stan Dusklings (Junior) - Nation: Guwimith
Dusklings: "The relatively unsatisfactory readability of the original
flag, due to the use of less compatible colors, is counteracted by allowing
for white buffer areas. The "g" is completely contained in a white
circle. Now, it really stands out!"
Student: Candy Jorwey (Sophomore) - Organization: WPL
Jorwey: "An update of the WPL flag. The elements remain unchanged,
yet the simplification allows for better presentation."
Student: W.Q. Regioix (Senior) - Nation: Wwww
Regioix: "The colors and shapes are inspired by the mystical nation,
the ocre symbolizing the vast dry land, the light blue the open clear skies
as well as the enlightenment of its people. The jagged white line
spells out "WWWW" and represents the snow-covered mountains, as well as
a warning to possible unbelievers, who may plan to intrude. White
of course being the color of the spirit itself."
Student: Nathan Gorlenthzbi (Junior) - Nation: Jannaton
Gorlenthzbi: "The cross emblem in the center has very rigid right
angles. I felt a horizontal tricolor background would suit the overall
composition better than the diagonal line separation of the original."
UPDATE: After a comment by the Prime Minister of Jannaton,
I have revised my project: below are two new designs. One continues
the more rigid approch, now with equal areas of red and black. The
second is a very slight modification of the original design, but changing
the line angle to 45 degrees, allowing it to separate the cross equally,
cutting straight through the corners:
Student: Diatto Diopimar (Sophomore) - Nation: Niokolo Koba
Diopimar: "A complete overhaul creates a more tribal feel for the
flag. The elephant, the national symbol, is retained, as are the
original colours. The black triangle is added to represent the people."
Student: Edmund Lancaster (Freshman) - Nation: Christiana
Lancaster: "A no-frills modification to enhance long-range visibility."
Student: Dopey Giannini (Sophomore) - Nation: Solelhada
Giannini: "Again the original idea of the flag is retained, with
a slight rearrangement of the elements. The star is replaced by a
sun, for the Sunny Republic."
Student: Jackson Andrews (Senior) - Nation: Bowdani
Andrews: "This design combines the best of both, the old and
new flags of Bowdani."
Student: Lex Martins (Sophomore) - Nation: Lexicon Islands
Martins: "I wanted to experiment with arranging the stars on the
flag in the same manner the islands are situated. The Nordic Cross
is retained, but much simpler without the starry Christmas-tree look.
This gives the flag more overall integrity."
Student: Willy Davinez (Freshman) - Nation: Republic of Dascunya
Davinez: "I felt the beautiful Eagle of the Republic would stand
out much better when displayed in a vertical bar flag, as opposed to horizontal,
which forces it to be too small to be really visually impressive."
Student: Derek Wyssenreither (Junior) - Organization: UNV
Wyssenreither: "I never felt like the old UNV flag did the organization
justice. My design speaks for itself."
Student: Anders Ollenthz (Junior) - Nation: Maryport
Ollenthz: "The Maryport flag was always simple in its beauty.
My two concepts do not change the simplicity, they rather take it to the
Student: Candy Jorwey (Sophomore) - Nation: FCLR
Jorwey: "FCLR is a difficult flag to refurbish, if you want to
retain the original confederate cross concept. The original flag's
imbalance of colors is countered by separating the yellow/green and red/white
bars into diagonal and static crosses."
Student: Sergio Andressini (Junior) - Nation: Federal Estontetsan
Andressini: "Since Estontetso is no longer a People's Republic,
I decided to scrap the red and white and introduce new national colors.
Blue was of the kingdom, and green is used on military flags, so I stuck
with two colors not previously used - black and yellow, which also goes
quite well with the concept of a Federal Republic. The star is now
off-center for visual interest, shifting the weight to the liek end."
Student: Abel Phillipps (Sophomore) - Nation: St. Kilda
Phillipps: "The original flag of St. Kilda is a classic Nordic
Cross design. I have changed the ratios slightly, and variegated
with two shades of green to add visual interest."
Student: Heimrich Zelleck (Freshman) - Nation: Northern Gronk
Zelleck: "It is a real challenge to work with this flag.
I felt that changing the static red square in the center to a diamond made
the flag a good touch more dynamic."
Student: Randy Bonnelippe (Senior) - Nation: Phenixia
Bonnelippe: "The original flag was a little awkward to display,
due to the white corners in the upper right and lower left, so I eliminated
them. By bringing the diagonal stripes accross from the other side,
the flag obtains the illusion of a confederate cross, Phenixia of course
being a Confederacy. The interlocking of the stripes symbolizes the
unity of the 120 states."
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