HTML & CSS - - By Jennifer Farley

A Flag For The United States Of Europe

It’s quite a challenge to design a flag to represent one nation, never mind multiple diverse nations in one continent. Since 1955, the current European flag, with the twelve golden stars against a blue background has been used. Fifty years on and Europe has changed dramatically.

A new European design project recently invited designers around the world to submit ideas for the design of a new symbol for Europe and over 1400 designs were received. The design brief asked “what is the impact of this new, dynamic society with its diversity in culture, language and traditions on Europe’s identity? How do Europeans experience Europe? And how can that identity take shape?

From the 1400 designs, an international jury selected twelve symbols which will be made into flags and will adorn the flagpoles at the Hofvijver in The Hague for one week.

12 Flags

The twelve symbols below are those selected by the international jury. (Apologies for the small image sizes)

Europtimism

‘Europtimism’; Youngha Park, South-Korea

EuropeDiversity

‘Europe – united in diversity’; Emilia Palonen, Finland

NightSky

‘Night sky’; Matea Topic, Croatia

ColorPrints

‘Color prints’; Eleni Iliadou, Greece

EuropeSpace

‘Europespace’; Charles Bignon, Spain

SymbolAndFlag

‘Symbol and flag for Europe’; Bas Pronk, Netherlands

Jointhestars

‘Join the stars’; Brunno Jahara, Brazil

Spectrum

‘Spectrum’; Viktor Hertz, Sweden

Unity

Unity in the European Union’; Menelaos Vakhou, Cyprus

UnitedWeShine

‘United we shine’; Orio Tonini,  Netherlands

You can read more about the project on the Design And Government site and see all 1400 submitted designs here.

I’d love to hear your opinion on these designs. Which one (if any) is your favorite? What other symbols do you think are appropriate to represent Europe? Humorous responses welcome.

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