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    A Flag for Planet Earth

    Flag designed by James Cadle in 1969

    I've been doing a bit of independent research on different interpretations of the "flag of the earth." It's been interesting to see what you find cached away on the internet—dreams, ideas, interpretations. As we as a species move closer to being cosmo-formed space dwellers I've been thinking a lot of what a branded representation of the planet, its humans, its culture, its life, should look like. Will our solar system one day have a flag of unity with the growing federation of planets?

    In a single symbol rests the hope of planetary unity and connection with worlds around us. As a citizen and designer I would suggest a project is started to explore and research a proper emblem to take with us across the event horizon of the future. I think this must be one of the most difficult design projects, to create a design that speaks to every human spirit and stirs them toward a common cause and greater unity—from the many to the one.

    I've done a hefty chunk of research on the topic thus far, I'll be posting with more notes and examples in later posts.

    Mon, Apr 28, 2008  Permanent link
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         Mon, Apr 28, 2008  Permanent link
    I wonder if in an interplanetary future, if the sentient beings who occupy it will have a hard and/or amused time wrapping their heads around the way we look at flags.
    openartist     Tue, Apr 29, 2008  Permanent link
    Perhaps, I mean there's no telling how exactly the concept of a flag or logo that represents people will evolve. Maybe flags in the future will be holographic or have binary information encoded into them. Or perhaps some sort of RFID technology embedded into it so it can "talk" from a long distance. I would imagine that many alien civilizations developed flags of their own as a natural part of the development of language, writing systems, and the evolution of social identity. A flag represents a habit of shared values and history, a sort of mandala of who we were, who we are, and where we want to go. And ideally, it will represent something good. :)
    monolith     Wed, Apr 30, 2008  Permanent link
    What a beautiful flag. @ dmitridb: It's really an interesting phenomenon, I'm sure they'll have a hard time figuring it out. We sure as hell can't.