The five Principles are:
- Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
- Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
- No Lettering or Seals. Never use writing on any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be Distinctive or Be Related. Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
Good Flag, Bad Flag was first introduced in 2006 and has now been translated into seven languages. It has been used in national and community flag designing contest world-wide. A simple, straight-forward guide, the 16-page full-color booklet, 5.5″ x 8.5″, allows organizations or individuals to encourage good flag designs for anyone wishing to try their hand at it.
- Good Flag, Bad Flag (English)
- Bon Drapeau, Mauvais Drapeau (French)
- Banderas Lindas, Banderas Feas (Spanish)
- Gute Flaggen, Schlechte Flaggen (German)
- Bandeiras Bonitas, Bandeiras Feias (Portuguese)
- Buona Bandiera, Brutta Bandiera (Italian)
- Dobra Ali Slaba Zastava (Slovenian)
For those interested in printed versions, Amazon sells them for $2.99.