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Blank-flagCedar Rapids is Designing a New City Flag!
The City of Cedar Rapids is undertaking the redesign of our city's flag, and we would like your feedback for the new design! In order to create a flag that incorporates citizen input and ideas, we will be offering multiple opportunities for citizen engagement. 

This project his been delayed indefinitely due to work related to responding to the coronavirus global pandemic. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Previously:

We asked residents to submit their design input and ideas. More than 200 residents and friends shared ideas — including design concepts, colors, shapes and symbols — they believe best represent Cedar Rapids. The following is a compilation of the common themes among the data.

THEMES

A word cloud, or group of words are arranged by size to depict the feedback received, is shown for flag themes. The largest words are river, five seasons, nature and green space, cedar trees, renewal or rising from the flood, industry, and four quadrants.

SYMBOLS

A word cloud, or group of words are arranged by size to depict the feedback received, is shown for flag symbols. The largest words are river, five seasons, May's Island, stripes, tree, stars, corn, and waves.

COLORS

Graph depicting design feedback for City flag colors. Green and blue were referenced the most, followed by white. A smaller number of submissions referenced yellow, red, black, and orange.

Right Now:

Professional designers are using this community input to create a series of final designs which will be assessed by representatives from the North American Vexillological Association. The final designs will be presented to the community for public ranking.

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

The new Cedar Rapids flag will follow guidelines set by the North American Vexillological Association:
  1. Keep It Simple: The flag should be so simple it can be drawn from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. No Lettering or Seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. Be Distinctive or Related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but you can use similarities to show connections.

Flag designs are made up of colors, shapes, and symbols

Portland flag 
Colors should reflect the region & represent or convey emotion
Portland, Oregon’s flag has green for forest, blue for rivers and yellow for wheat.

 

Lawrence

Shapes such as stars and stripes are very common in flag design.
Lawrence, Massachusetts’ flag has white stripes to represent the Spicket, Merrimack and Shawsheen Rivers and their respective courses.

Phoenix flag


Symbols can be anything related to a city. Just keep it simple and easy to recognize!
Phoenix, Arizona’s flag has a phoenix, the mythological bird that is the official logo of Phoenix.


Submitted concepts will be considered donations to the Cedar Rapids Flag project. No concepts will be copyrighted. Any final design will be open for public use.


Next Steps:

The timeline for this project his been delayed indefinitely due to work related to responding to the coronavirus global pandemic. When the project resumes we will ask the community to rank the top 4 final designs and host a flag unveiling event.
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