Proposed flag of the East African Federation

Flags

Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

 

flag of the east african community

Current flag of the East African Community

I think the current flag of the East African Community is too cluttered. If/when it federates, it should have something more visually appealing, distinct and memorable. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Flag proposal for the East African Federation I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for the East African Federation I made in 2009.

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The black represents the people and the dark parts of the past. The gold represents the mineral wealth of the earth and the sun, and in turn warmth and vitality. The red represents the blood that we all share and that has been shed in the past. The green represents the natural environment, agriculture, the land and hope. These colours are recognisably African.

The star represents the sun, a bright future and the federation as a whole, with the number of points representing the number of states [note: There were only five members at the time I made this design]. It is in the top left corner because that is where the most important parts of a flag should go. When it wears out, the left hand side will be the last to remain. When it is not flying, the top left corner is the part of the flag that is most visible. When it is flying, the eye will be naturally attracted to that region as a starting point since the writing system that we use goes from left to right and top to bottom.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of East African Federation

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of East African Federation

 

 

Proposed flag of Mozambique

Flags

Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

Current flag of Mozambique

A problem identified with the current Mozambican flag is that it features an AK-47 (a type of machine gun), which gives the impression that the country is warlike and undemocratic. Also, it was adopted during an era of single-party rule, which is no longer the situation. This has prompted two official contests, however none of the results were deemed satisfactory. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Proposed flag of Mozambique I made in 2009.

Proposed flag of Mozambique I made in 2009.

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The individual colours mean:

  • Yellow: The mineral wealth of the country and the sunshine.
  • Blue: The sky and sea.
  • Black: The people, not only those in Mozambique but also in the whole of Africa.
  • Green: The land, agriculture and natural environment.
  • White: Peace and a bright future.
  • Red: The blood that we all share and that has been shed in the past.

The colours are all derived from the current flag, with the addition of blue. This means that any further colour symbolism they have can also be carried over. The blue was added so that the colours of both main political parties are represented. Also, the layout reflects how the land (green) is to the west of the sea (blue), and the sunshine (yellow) comes down onto the people (black).

The sun in general represents warmth, vitality and life. It also represents equality, since the sun shines for everyone, unity, since it is one object, and power, since it contains so much energy. Just like in the coat of arms, it specifically stands for a new beginning for Mozambique; a bright future, positive, optimistic and inevitable. Its ten points represent the ten provinces, with the central circle standing for the capital city (which has provincial status).

The pattern of rays represents hope for peace (white) to every corner of Mozambique. Lastly, the background has four colours in equal amounts, suggesting that despite the differences of the people in the country, they are all equal in terms of votes (democracy) and the law (justice).

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mozambique

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mozambique

 

Proposed flag of Angola

Flags

Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

Current flag of Angola

Critics of the current flag contend that it is too attached to the past (the emblem was intended to echo the Soviet hammer-and-sickle), does not reflect the change in situation and gives a bad impression of the country by looking aggressive, pessimistic and warlike (it features a machete, for example).

This prompted an official contest in 2003 to produce a more optimistic design, but the result was heavily opposed. That proposal was said to be too similar to other countries’ flags (Costa Rica and North Korea), to have no relevant meaning, to neglect the country’s history and to look ugly and childish (it’s got a cave drawing on it). Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Proposed flag of Angola I made in 2009.

Proposed flag of Angola I made in 2009.

 

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The overall scene is intuitive and clear. It depicts the sun rising above the horizon, lighting up the morning sky, inspired by the lower part of the national coat of arms. This represents a new beginning for Angola; a bright future, positive, optimistic and inevitable. The sun in general represents warmth, vitality and life. It also represents equality, since the sun shines for everyone, unity, since it is one object, and power, since it contains so much energy.

The background layout is derived from the current flag, suggesting continuity and aiding recognition. Apart from being the sky and the ground, referenced in the above paragraph, it also symbolises the country’s past. The red represents the bloodshed and the black represents the dark parts of Angola’s history. The rising sun symbolises a force that will remove these aspects from the whole of the country.

The individual colours of the flag have additional meanings. The red represents the blood that we all share, suggesting unity and equality. The black represents the people, not only those in Angola but also in the whole of Africa. The yellow represents the mineral wealth of the country. These colours are all present in the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Angola

 

Map of Zordnia

Year: 2014

Client: Vexacus

I designed and drew a full-scale (1.03×1.45m) ordnance map of a fictional island for Vexacus’ online serial.

Zordnia Island is a mysterious island-that-shouldn’t-be-there in the Pacific, known but obsessively avoided by the Polynesians of the nearby islands. Basically they had a bad run-in with the prehistoric alien robots (yes, you read that right) deposited there a while ago, left, and never came back. Currently owned by the US military and has security that makes North Korea, Fort Knox and Area 51 look like the neighborhood watch.

The vertical text is deliberate as the map is supposedly made from the perspective of a surviving Japanese Empire.

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Map of the fictional Zordnia island made for Vexacus.

Map of the fictional Zordnia island made for Vexacus.

Flag-Map of the World

Year: 2009

Something I doodled when I was bored. Shows a map of the world with the flags of UN members filled in. Became a featured image on Wikimedia Commons (approx. 0.03% of media gets this distinction) and was once Picture of the Day on French Wikipedia.

Flag-map of the world from Wikimedia Commons

Flag-map of the world from Wikimedia Commons (2013 edition)