Flying the Flag for Improv
Last updated 12 August 2018
I was inspired to design a flag for improv by a video analysing good and bad flag design. I wanted to create a flag that,
- is recognisable at a distance,
- portrays meaning with symbolism, and
- is easily reusable for all circumstances.
Portray Meaning with Symbolism
- The six-pointed star and colours are inspired by the flag of Chicago, where modern improv developed.
- The single, top star represents the audience and their contribution, the suggestion.
- The middle two stars represent the two-person scene, which is the foundation of most shows.
- The bottom three stars represent the performers in the backline who support and expand the scene.
- The lower five stars sit on a field of blue that represents the stage and separates the performers from the audience.
Reusable for All Circumstances
The uptake and popularity of a flag depends on whether it can be reused in lots of circumstances: websites, posters, flyers. The goal is not to design a single flag for all circumstances but to create a design that could be recognised even when altered to suit all circumstances.
More Changes to Come
I published this short article to draw a line in the sand that will stop me endlessly fiddling with colours and layout; I finalised the colours about ten times in a week :). But I expect things will change and I'll update the design in the future.