Yes, Anaheim has a flag, and we need your help redesigning it

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Anaheim is redesigning its city flag and you can help.

From now through April 20, the city is seeking designs from residents and those who work in Anaheim as part of the Our Next Flag program.

“A good city flag inspires and unites a community,” said Mayor Tom Tait, who requested the flag program and will be part of a three-person City Council subcommittee that will look at submitted designs. “With the community’s help, our next flag will be a source of civic pride for everyone in Anaheim.”

The current flag was adopted in 1967 to fly at what is now Angel Stadium of Anaheim as well as the Anaheim Convention Center, which both opened that year.

The flag’s creation was more out of necessity than inspiration. In fact, Anaheim’s flag has taken some good-natured ribbing for its use of the city seal and lettering—both party fouls when it comes to good flag design.

So if you would like your design to be considered, follow the five basics of good flag design:

-Keep it simple

-Use meaningful symbolism

-Use two to three basic colors

-Do not use lettering or seals

-Make it distinctive or related to other good flags

You can find out more about good flag design at Anaheim.net/flag. You will also find a TED Talk video on city flags with a lot of great tips on designing a good flag (Watch for some unceremonious calling out of Anaheim’s current flag!).

You can also submit your flag design through the website. You can submit more than one if you have multiple good designs.

A few finalists will be selected and presented to a subcommittee of the City Council made up of Mayor Tait and Council Members Denise Barnes and Stephen Faessel.

Subcommittee members then will select a winning design for consideration by the entire City Council.

There is no guarantee your design will be considered or selected, but if you have a good design, we want to see it! Your flag design could be the one that represents Anaheim for years to come.

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