The One Flag

Design is at war with itself. We are taught that design is about finding solutions. But the success of these solutions is judged so narrowly – Did it ooze desire? Did it shift units? – that we find ourselves implicated in problems far greater than the ones we solve.

The time has come for a radical shift in priorities. We are now faced with some of the most daunting global challenges in human history. These are real targets, worthy of our problem-solving skills, ripe for our intervention. Yet those who have the vision to rise above national and political boundaries still have no symbol to rally under. You’re invited to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship. A symbol that triggers pride and cohesion, whether worn on a backpack, displayed on a door, or flown on a flagpole. A symbol for anyone to declare membership in a growing and vital human cooperative. Prove that design has a real role to play in the fate of our world.

Submissions will be critiqued by a panel of prominent design professionals, then featured in Adbusters and supporting design publications. The winning flag will go into production, ready for flying by the patriotic citizens of Earth. Deadline for entries is December 1, 2008.

Submit your entries here.

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2 Responses to “The One Flag”

  1. undomiel86 Says:

    the One Flag… as long as it isn’t more like “the One Ring”. You bet design can have an impact… or perhaps more directly, flags. Flags and the people rallying under them have always shaped human history. I wonder what this will look like.

  2. Chad Jarnagin Says:

    dude. i just added you to the exclusive *Blogstars role.

    Need to do some blog catch up though eh? 😉

    Hope you are swell.

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