Questionable: Proposed Flag For The Planet Earth

May 20, 2015


This is the flag for planet Earth as proposed by Beckmans College of Design graduate Oskar Pernefeldt. Oskar used the five basic principles of good flag design (apparently there are five basic principles of good flag design) to come up with the proposal. I dunno, it looks like the Olympic rings and a couple biohazard symbols are having an orgy.

Pernefeldt used the principles of vexillology, the scientific study of flags, to create a meaningful design representing the water and life on our planet. The shade of blue was chosen to stand out against the black of space and the white of a spacesuit, and the interconnected rings form a flower to represent life on Earth and how it is intertwined.

The design follows the five basic principles of good flag design that were recently laid out in a TED talk by radio producer Roman Mars, with the arguable exception of the ring design being too complex.

Obviously, if planet Earth is going to have a flag, that flag should be decided by an international design contest and VOTING. And that voting should be rigged so that my design wins, and the first thing aliens ever see regarding humanity is a flag of a giant penis eclipsing the sun.

Keep going for a couple more shots of the flag in patch and sticker form, and a video of the design process.



Thanks to MA, who sadly agrees the winning design for earth's flag would probably be entirely in emojis.

  • fgdgfd6565

    Here's a better flag


  • Rusty Shackleford

    Reminds me of the 'terrorist' group from Iron man

  • Mancuso

    Dunno about the flag but Mama Earth is hot.

  • Rowdie

    Looks like a bloody crop circle. Surely we can do better than that.

  • The Chadwick

    Im down, I like it. Maybe one day we can move on to the United Earth emblem found in Star Trek Enterprise.

  • Cheese

    I'm surprised she isn't sitting in a wheelchair too!

  • mpd

    It reminds me of Star Trek's United Federation of Planets flag

  • ryan cordova

    It looks like an anus.

  • AdvancePlays

    How about the word "Terra" on it, since it literally fucken represents Earth, and is in Latin so it's sciency and shit.

  • palpable ovaltine

    Meh, too boring. Plus, it totally looks like a ring version of Israel's flag, which would make conspiracy theorists shit a brick.

  • Keegano

    It looks to me like 7 interconnected rings which represent our planet's 7 continents joined in unity for space exploration. All on a blue background which represents our blue planet. Minimalist and representative, all of which, easy enough to draw freehand.

  • PWB

    We already have a flag for the earth: THE U.S. FLAG! YEAH! 'MURICA! -crushes beer can then drives away in a lifted pickup screaming "yeehaw!!!" while waving a cowboy hat-

  • timeiskey

    i suspect this makes us less hopeful for the amount of time its gonna be before this flag serves its purpose.

  • Wiley

    I think a skull and crossbones would represent the majority of idiots and their way of life on this planet the best.

  • Will Shaw

    Kind of reminds me of this: http://vignette2.wikia.noco...

  • cyncity

    I like it!

  • Joshua Paolucci

    Why not just a flag with a picture of Earth on it?

  • jos

    One rule is, most people should be able to draw it on paper with not so much effort. This looks hard and ugly as hell but I was thinking the same as you.

  • Josh

    why not a minimalistic version of earth? it cant be that hard

  • Don't we already have a flag to represent the planet?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    That'd make the Armageddon-Biblethumping lot lose their minds.

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