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Hello I created this thread for people who like flag design and maps and herlady please enjoy posting creations I will be posting my Creations as well.
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La petite mort


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i woiuld kill under this banner


Here are some concepts I made in the Ukraine Thread for a Global South flag.


>>2727 (me)
Following the tips and suggestions of the based anons there, I should add.


I prefer the one in the center. Good job, anon.


Glad you like it comrade!


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make the 8) red


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Republic of Canada
Coincidentally, there are ten provinces and three territories, making the 13 stripes work


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Nice! I prefer the 3rd pic.
What software did you use to make these? Inkscape?


In the 2nd pic, make the star a solid red


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Probably off center but whatever


yup, though I admit I got super lazy with the second one and just used gimp to quickly switch the sleeve colors so that it looked better on the red background


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Tried to style it as an emblem, though now it looks a little crowded compared to the simple and easily recognizable design from before, and the difference in detail between the arms and the rest of the emblem makes it look a little odd.
I'm also not sure how to incorporate the cloud motif into the simple design, but oh well. I'm trying to "close off" the design to see if I can make it a patch.


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Ended up going with this, lemme know what y'all think
Though now that I look at it, it looks like a fucking football team logo LMAO
Also I somehow managed to pick the ugliest font possible trying to pick something that isn't Arial, how tf do people pick fonts that look right?


I think they look really good. Your idea to turn it into an arm patch is great as well.
>how tf do people pick fonts that look right?
On my part, I just try them all until I get something that I find satisfactory. If you don't find something satisfactory, you can always find fonts online I guess.

Also, how did you do the wheat and the banner with text on >>2800's 1st pic? I'd love to do something similar for a flag or an emblem which I might post here.


>Also, how did you do the wheat and the banner
to be completely honest with you, I just looked up "heraldry laurel" and "heraldry motto" and picked some images to quickly vectorize with Inkscape's "trace bitmap" feature to see what they would look like on the design lmao. In this case I thought they crowded it a bit too much and didn't think looked right, but if I found them to look good I would probably manually do the designs, you can make the laurel by vectorizing the leaf and then repeating it along a path, though the banner is a bit more tricky since you'd need to draw it yourself and make it symmetrical.
>On my part, I just try them all until I get something that I find satisfactory. If you don't find something satisfactory, you can always find fonts online I guess.
Yeah I guess that makes sense, I just quickly scrolled through the fonts I have installed and just picked what looked the most in line with the rest of the design. I don't have the patience to look for the right font online, and I have exactly zero knowledge of typography so I have a bit of a hard time even distinguishing between the fonts lol. I'll see what I can do though, if I decide to turn this into a patch I'll probably look for a font that looks a little better and that also looks readable at the size I'm looking for.


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Here's the flag of a country from my personal fiction universe that is heavily inspired by the Soviet Union. I just made this version as a prototype of some sort. If I have the patience to make it look cooler, I will try to do so ^^
I made this wheat pattern (by looking up a tutorial) and the cogwheel myself. What do you think of it? I will definitely try to make the wheat closer to Eastern Bloc-style heraldry at some point. Either way, I'm quite pleased with how the cogwheel turned out.


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I decided to transparentize it for you


Much appreciated!


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I like it! Cogwheel and laurel look great.
If I were to make a critique, the lack of contrast between the background and the green stripe at the bottom make is look a little hard to distinguish (posted the grayscale so you can better see what I mean). Made the stripe a little brighter which, although a small chance, makes a big difference imo




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Here's some progress I made. I followed your advice and made the green stripe a bit lighter. I experimented a bit and tried to make a pattern that looks a bit more like wheat, which one looks better according to you? As a bonus, here's also my attempt to make a military shoulder patch of this emblem, similar to Soviet Army ones.

For the record, "СФРМ" is for "Союз Республик Федералных Механистов", Russian for "Federal Union of Mecanist Republics". Well, I don't know if that name sounds good in Russian, I just picked something that has the same vibe as the English one. If any Russian-speaking anon could suggest a better name, feel free to do so!
In fact, if anyone has a better English name for it, just tell me ^^


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I like em, first and third one look the best in my opinion, military patch also looks really neat. I like the little pentagon on top more than just the star. Though one issue you run into when designing flags is you want them to be instantly recognizable from a distance, so while you might notice the wreath of wheat by zooming in, from a distance or zoomed out it's really hard to make it out since the wheat kernels are so small. Picked some quick design examples to see what I think would look good and make it easier to distinguish and fit with the geometric style you're going for, though you shouldn't be too afraid of playing around with shapes and see what sticks.
Also, and this is less a design suggestion and more of a personal opinion, I feel like playing around with colors is half the fun of designing stuff sometimes, so you shouldn't be wary of using colors that pop out more. I like the subtle shade you chose for the background, but if all the colors on the flag are desaturated you run the risk of the eye completely glossing of the flag whereas flags are usually made to be eyecatching, not to mention that realistically desaturated and darker colors are harder to do on a flag. Just a thought though. I like the way you're going with your fictional universe though, worldbuilding is fun as fuck and honestly when I have the time, I'm probably also gonna put the ideas I have knocking around in my noggin on paper to see what comes out.


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Does WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS! or the star count as historical references?
Here's the cursed UN flag, made in 10 minutes lmao


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So, basically, I shouldn't be afraid of using brighter colors is what you're suggesting? I see. I usually prefer dark colors, which is why the flag of the Mecanist Union started off with a very dark green stripe.

Thank you for your support regarding worldbuilding! I have a bunch of ideas regarding this one, is there a thread about worldbuilding? Furthermore, this thread is also about maps, but I don't know how to make one (well, a pretty one). I hope I'll figure out how to!

Also, some more stuff.
<another version of the Mecanist flag (hopefully the wheat is a bit easier to identify from afar, plus more saturated stripe)
<an improved Mecanist military patch with the new logo design
<the flag of this universe's analogue of the USA (it's an old design, maybe I should find something better? Also, funky colors and look)
<the flag of a mysterious organization that calls itself… well, the Organization. Their origins and exact goals are unknown but they are obviously evil omnicidal maniacs, hence the Nazi colors and edgy, evil-looking emblem

I might post more later. If I figure out how to, I might try to add… draping? I mean the kind of cloth you find on the wheat like in your 3rd pic. Or even better looking wheat? I'm not very good at small details.


>that cursor


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Nice job, they look great. I especially like the faux-America flag, looks like a real flag you would see in history, not to mention the colors you picked for it look really really good together.
>is there a thread about worldbuilding?
Not to my knowledge, there's a writing one and a bunch of art ones. It'd be a pretty uneventful thread given that worldbuilding is pretty niche, and even then it's usually tied to a bigger project like a book or a game rather than worldbuilding for fun


this is pretty cool and palatable



Ultra kek





would make a great patch


Gotta be embroidered, not not transfered though.


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>flags, above all, must be simple

>But why?

to quote Chairman Mao
<Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. Are they innate in the mind? No. They come from social practice, and from it alone; they come from three kinds of social practice, the struggle for production, the class struggle and scientific experiment.

This Idea also didn't drop from the skies but derives from the practical purpose of flags i.e. warfare. The main practical purposes of flags and standards in warfare are
1. Identification - who is friend? who is foe?
2. Orientation - from a soldiers perspective: where is my commander? In which direction am I supposed to go? from the perspective of a commander: where are my troops? where are there going?
3. Communication - lowering the flag indicates giving up a position, raising the flag taking one.

There is a reason why for example in the American civil war the flag bearer was always the one leading a charge, it was cause this is a simple and effective way to let the soldiers exactly know in which direction to charge.
Getting your flag knocked down is not just a disgrace to the honor of the particular unit and the troop as whole but also a serious military disadvantage leaving your soldiers disoriented and confused leaving them to be an easy target for the enemy.

If you keep these things in mind the reason why flags should be simple and easily distinguishable become obvious.
If flags are to complex it's harder to identify them on the battlefield especially at a distance which could lead to serious mistakes on side of both commanders and soldiers. Be it soldiers which fell behind being unable to find their units during the Battle or the commander or a messenger mistakes unit X for unit Y and give them the orders meant for unit Y which could lead to high causalities and eventually defeat.
The consequences of mistaking the enemy for your own troops or the other way around should be even more obvious.
Just imagine a new American civil war fought with the current US state flags.
Bad flag design kills.

As for communist vexillology re-using the same colors and symbols over and over again:
this serves the first practical purpose of flags and standards in warfare Identification, especially in a civil war scenario not uncommon in revolutionary communist history.
Volunteers of communist militia A will think twice before opening fire on communist militia B if communist militia B waves a red flag and the other way around even if these militias have no ties at all or don't even know of each other.




Simplicity doesn't always nor necessarily mean that flags are easy to distinguish - try distinguishing between an Chad and Romanian flag, a Indonesian and Monaco flag, and the flags of Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Simplicity is a second-rate characteristic of flags, flags can be complicated and easy to distinguish.

In modern civil wars this is flourishing - a lot of the niche battalions and brigades on the Russian and Ukrainian sides have chosen flags with complicated designs to fight under.


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Trying out some stuff.


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Dixie but worse




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Russian Red Army flag I made.

PS: Not a member of the CPUSA, I just like their variant of the H&S

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