“My favourite flag is the Japanese sun. It is the purest graphic distillation of an idea – it’s iconic and easily recognisable, and it’s easy to draw from memory (the acid test of a great flag). The idea of using white to create space around the red circle and prevent any intrusion into the space is a simple and powerful device. It represents so much, so powerfully and with total economy. In short, it is a brilliant piece of graphic design.”
“The Marshall Islands came up close, but Saint Lucia is my favourite. It was created by local artist (Dunstan St. Omer) and says a lot using very little; the black and white elements reflect the different cultural influences working in harmony while the number of triangles represents the islands’ iconic volcanic peaks. But above all, the vivid combination of light blue and yellow takes me to a tropical paradise I’d love to visit.”
“Great national flags are either great exercises in simplicity, or fantastic curiosities. The flag for the Isle of Man is a perfect example of the latter – an ancient triskelion found in the fusion of three armoured legs. It’s a flag so at odds with the status quo it can’t help but stand apart. It’s bold, curious and just a little bit unsettling – you don’t forget it in a hurry.”
“I’ve always loved flags. They should make us happy – for me, it means celebration and pride. The British flag is eternally impressive and rich, but the best flag in the world with the nicest story behind it belongs to the Danes. It’s still used today to signify not only pride and a sense of belonging, but the ultimate in ‘cosiness’. This is a concept the Danes have a specific word for – ‘hygge’. Also, it is said that the Danish flag came down to the country from heaven (probably having fallen from the backpack of an early medical team during a time of war climbing a small mountain nearby). Its simple red and white cross design stands for the ultimate celebration of happiness – and that’s what all flags should do.”
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