A Flag For Earth
We have flags for countries, cities and sports teams - but not one for everything we've ever known, Earth.
The purpose of this personal project is to develop, design and propose a flag for Earth. A flag that not only creates a symbol for all of humanity to unite under but a flag that reaches the interstellar stage - a flag for the unknown and unseen. As we push the boundaries of interstellar travel and venture further from the planet we call home, I think it is essential to have a common mark or symbol - one that's easy to recognise, easy to draw, and tells a little bit about who we are, and where we've come from.
To help preface this project further, I created a short animated film.
We don't know, what we don't know.
The world we live in is a rapidly evolving thing - the way we live, learn and communicate changes from generation to generation. This matter was a central focus for the initial design stages of the project, the flag not only needs to work today - but also in 100, 500, 1000 or more years. Perception of colour, symbols and language can change over time to a point where the original meaning is lost.
Although it's near impossible to predict how things will change and develop in the future - you can aim to design in a way that has the best chance of not being misunderstood, this was my starting point. Below are some of my initial concepts.
After developing, evaluating and refining hundreds of options, I landed on this. A simple, easy to recognise, easy to draw flag - that tells a little bit about who we are, and where we're from. The central circle represents Earth - the smaller circle is our only Moon. The colour divide is at -23.5°, which is the relative axis tilt of the Earth. The Earth and Moon are sized to scale - although the distance has been reduced so they can both easily sit within the boundaries of the flag.
The blue honours the photograph taken by Voyager 1 on February 14th, 1990. At a distance of 6 billion kilometres from home, Voyager 1 spun around to take a photo of Earth in the vast expanse of space. The photo is known as 'Pale Blue Dot'.
Short video will be coming soon further explaining my thought process.