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Why not green or blue?
This is a very reasonable question. People have said, "I think
Blue, what does it mean? The sea? Again, see above.
Most of all though, we need a flag that is bold and will stand out. Using blues and greens will not do that. Green flags on a green setting? For that matter, blue and green flags on a green setting? Blue and green against the sky? Adding green to the existing design will hamper its impact and complicate a simple design.
Stephen Coombs, originator of the flag points out:
"I just needed a tincture that together with red and silver would provide a trio not found in any other well known flag. Any of the available heraldic colours, as distinct from the metal gold, would not have done the trick. Red, white and blue are the commonest flag colours, red white and black are Nazi colours, red white and green are those of Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. I didn’t seriously consider purple because it’s rare in flags and heraldry (except in Spain and Portugal) and tends not to be much liked."
See the bottom of this page for a comparison of local county flags - now you tell me, which stands out the most?
But clashing red and yellows/ That yellow is too bright or too dark?
Yes, but this is heraldry, not going out on a Saturday night! The Flag Institute details that a flag should be bold and striking in order to be seen in a crowd and memorable too. If we colour co-ordinate flags, they will not stand out, they must contrast in order to stand out....think of the Union Flag; red, white and blue. Heraldic colours do not have specified shades either, leaving it largely to the depicter's discretion - the gold in the Flag can be lightened or darkened.
See the 'Rule of Tincture' below.
What about shields, crests, arms etc?
Heraldically called Charges. From Flag Design, published by the Flag Institute: "The objects placed on a flag need to be simple, distinctive, meaningful, large and well-placed. Flags should not, if at all possible, be charged with words, letters, numbers, or mottos, nor with shields, or whole coats of arms."
If we start placing complex shields or arms on flags, the cost of the flag to reproduce will skyrocket. This is not an armorial banner or standard - its principle aim is to be used by many people or in many places. It needs to be cheap to reproduce.
Ultimately, whilst up close, a complex arms or symbol may look great - from 100 metres away, it will be extremely difficult to make out the detail:
West Virginia, USA. What are we looking at?
Remember of course that the Dorset County Council Arms are a symbol of that organisation, not
Stephen Coombs, originator of the flag stated “