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Thread: Flags, why do so many countries choose boring ones?

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    Guild Artisan Jacktannery's Avatar
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    I'd also advise you to lighten up the colours somewhat - your shades are a little bit dull. Here is an example of red and green as complementary (these shades are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel, and therefore look a little more vibrant).

    EDIT: not suggesting you actually go with something this brash - just saying.

    Flags, why do so many countries choose boring ones?-red-green.png

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    Some aspects have been already mentioned. Flags need to be produced cheap in numbers and be easily recognized over a distance. The colors in heraldy were traditionally limited:
    'Colors'
    ██black ██red ██blue ██green and ██purple
    'Metals'
    ██silver and ██gold

    The combination should be color to metal. So heraldic correct there are 7 singlecolor flags, 20 twocolor flags and 70 threecolor flags (+70 if turned 90°)
    some colors are rare. Purple and black were hard to manufacture in the past, so they are not too widespread.

    I just found the flag design principles published by the North American Vexillological Association
    Last edited by EricPoehlsen; 07-05-2012 at 03:00 AM.

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    Great find, Eric! I will repost the link in the resources section - have some rep!

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