Create Your Design Suggestion for the New Zealand Flag

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $500
  • Entries Received: 239
  • Winner: denisefung

Contest Brief

New Zealand is considering a change to the design of their current flag. For the first time ever, New Zealanders can get involved in suggesting a design and in voting for a new flag. The basic idea behind the flag design they want is to display what New Zealand stands for - that is, what the flag should say about New Zealanders, their values and what is important to them.

We think the New Zealand government should have asked us first! Our designers are top notch and could have created amazing designs - let’s show them what you can do!

Design guidelines for entries:

A. Come up with your own suggested design for the future flag of New Zealand.

B. Follow the guidelines suggested by the New Zealand government:

- The design should be simple, uncluttered and balanced.
- It should be designed to be flown, and viewed from either side.
- It should look as “timeless” as possible. Avoid using features in the design that will cause the flag to become dated or obsolete. Imagine the flag in a historic setting and in a very modern setting to check whether it would work in both.
- In terms of colour, using fewer colours will keep the design simple and bold.
- Contrast is important – use light colours on dark, and vice-versa. So a white cross on red is a good contrast, but a blue cross on red would be a poor contrast. This is a very useful guideline, especially for choosing the colour of any symbols and their background.
- If the use of non-contrasting colours is unavoidable, make use of outline colours.
- Any animals or birds would traditionally face the flagpole, so that the animal faces in the same direction as the flag bearer.
- The top left hand corner of the flag is typically the place of honour in a flag. This reflects the fact that the opposite end of the flag wears out first, and is the section that is least visible when the flag is not fully unfurled.

To view the complete flag design guidelines, copy then paste this URL on your address bar: [login to view URL]

How to enter:
- Submit a screenshot of the design you created
- We will reject entries that don’t fit the design guidelines listed above
- Final files deliverable as PSD, AI or EPS

Winners:
- We will be selecting (1) main contest winner who will get $500 and (2) runners-up who will receive $100 each.
- The winning and runner up entries will potentially be featured on media and newspaper articles.

This contest is open for everyone, not just New Zealand citizens. Looking forward to your amazing entries!

*This contest and Freelancer is in no way affiliated with the government of New Zealand. These entries will not be used in the official government request for flag designs.

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  • FreelancerComp
    Contest Holder
    • 3 years ago

    It's been great to have all of you in this contest. We didn't expect to receive such awesome entries, we had a hard time picking the winners. It's also nice to know that most of you have taken time to research about New Zealand, their culture and the symbols the country and the people are known for. Like us, we hope you learned something from this competition. So now, we would like to congratulate our winner, denisefung, for entry #331 and our runners-up wmanwar for entry #123 and floodey for entry #173 . Kudos! And again, thank you everyone for joining!

    • 3 years ago
  • danieleyre100
    danieleyre100
    • 3 years ago

    Why am I seeing multiple submissions form the same people that are minor changes of each other?

    • 3 years ago
  • danieleyre100
    danieleyre100
    • 3 years ago

    Silver ferns and Kiwi emblems might be suitable on a mural to wave at sports events. But on a national flag? This is something intended to last for at least many decades. And something to represent the nation to the world, to many of whom (not familiar with NZ) the silver fern is a giant feather and the Kiwi a fat chicken. How about a flag that's just a standard, simple lexicographical pattern of maximum 4 colours? That won't date over time and can be subtle yet inspiring and easy to reproduce.

    • 3 years ago
    1. Spartan111
      Spartan111
      • 3 years ago

      You mean like the Canadian flag?

      • 3 years ago
    2. danieleyre100
      danieleyre100
      • 3 years ago

      Rem no. What has the Canadian flag got to do with anything? Why would I mean like the Canadian flag when it features neither a giant feather fern nor a fat chicken Kiwi?

      • 3 years ago
  • MladjaCode
    MladjaCode
    • 3 years ago

    Hi guys. Take a look at the #314 please. Thanks.

    • 3 years ago
  • acidwash
    acidwash
    • 3 years ago

    Entry #21 is stolen/uncredited from my design Flying Fern, please amend or remove. https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/the-nz-flag-your-chance-to-decide/gallery/design/5067

    • 3 years ago
    1. acidwash
      acidwash
      • 3 years ago

      Thank you, as Google used to say: Don't be evil.

      • 3 years ago
    2. danieleyre100
      danieleyre100
      • 3 years ago

      Hideos flag anyway. Black and blue? Big fern? Are you serious?

      • 3 years ago
  • krishga54
    krishga54
    • 3 years ago

    pls check #279

    • 3 years ago
  • muhammadsafwanal
    muhammadsafwanal
    • 3 years ago

    #268 #273 #274

    • 3 years ago
  • whellowlogos
    whellowlogos
    • 3 years ago

    Kindly view #272 . Thanks!

    • 3 years ago
  • mclhill
    mclhill
    • 3 years ago

    Here is my entry! #271 Thanks.

    • 3 years ago
  • muhammadsafwanal
    muhammadsafwanal
    • 3 years ago

    #268 #269

    • 3 years ago
  • whellowlogos
    whellowlogos
    • 3 years ago

    Kindly review #265 . Thanks! :)

    • 3 years ago
  • imagencreativajp
    imagencreativajp
    • 3 years ago

    Hello again. Please check out my new entries #253 #254 #255 #263 and #264 . thank you in advance

    • 3 years ago
  • IvanNedev
    IvanNedev
    • 3 years ago

    Hi! Please, check my entries - #260 #261 and #262 Thanks :)

    • 3 years ago
  • whellowlogos
    whellowlogos
    • 3 years ago

    Kindly review my new entry #259 . Please provide rate and feedback too. Thank You,

    • 3 years ago
  • darkemo6876
    darkemo6876
    • 3 years ago

    Hi, please review entry #257

    • 3 years ago
  • PierAlejandroE
    PierAlejandroE
    • 3 years ago

    Please check #256

    • 3 years ago
  • imagencreativajp
    imagencreativajp
    • 3 years ago

    Please see new proposals #253 , #254 and #255 . Provide rate and some feedback, Thank you

    • 3 years ago
  • whellowlogos
    whellowlogos
    • 3 years ago

    Kindly refer to #251

    • 3 years ago
  • LuisEduarte
    LuisEduarte
    • 3 years ago

    Hi, you must to look at flags

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kyle_Lockwood%27s_New_Zealand_Flag.svg
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NZflag_proposal-dignan.svg
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tino_Rangatiratanga_Maori_sovereignty_movement_flag.svg

    I think the winner flag have to be more original.

    • 3 years ago
  • erwinubaldo87
    erwinubaldo87
    • 3 years ago

    please see #249 perfect symbol for NEW ZEALAND

    • 3 years ago
  • adarshkjames
    adarshkjames
    • 3 years ago

    Please consider my suggestion.

    #239

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    • 3 years ago
  • manfredslot
    manfredslot
    • 3 years ago

    #222 , #223 , #224

    • 3 years ago
  • Vancliff
    Vancliff
    • 3 years ago

    Please see my new entry #221

    • 3 years ago
  • FreelancerComp
    Contest Holder
    • 3 years ago

    Hey all, it would be better if you put a description of your concept for your entries. Thanks!

    • 3 years ago
  • adarshkjames
    adarshkjames
    • 3 years ago

    Please Check out My entry

    #201

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    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    #168 #175 #197 check this thanks :)

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    #156 #168 #175 check this Thanks :)

    • 3 years ago
  • Xakephp
    Xakephp
    • 3 years ago

    Please check #169 #174 #178

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    entry no #152 and #156 #168 #175 check this enrty :)

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    entry no #152 and #156 #168 check this enrty :)

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    entry no #152 and #156 check this enrty :)

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    Entry #156 Please Check This :) Thank u

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    Entry #152 Please Check this entry thank u :)

    • 3 years ago
  • houseofwhite
    houseofwhite
    • 3 years ago

    Please check and review entry #144 Thank you!

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    Hi please check this Entry #138 , thank you :)

    • 3 years ago
  • LantisDesign
    LantisDesign
    • 3 years ago

    please check #135 thanks

    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    Hi Please Check this #137 , wish u will like this

    • 3 years ago
  • houseofwhite
    houseofwhite
    • 3 years ago

    Hi, Please check entry #134 Thank you

    • 3 years ago
  • imagencreativajp
    imagencreativajp
    • 3 years ago

    Hi, Please review #131 and #132 Thank you

    • 3 years ago
  • adarshkjames
    adarshkjames
    • 3 years ago

    Please Check out my entries
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    • 3 years ago
  • MSalmanSun
    MSalmanSun
    • 3 years ago

    Process on going :)

    • 3 years ago
  • designerpandey
    designerpandey
    • 3 years ago

    pls see #121 and #122

    • 3 years ago
  • Leugim83
    Leugim83
    • 3 years ago

    Please #54 Thanks

    • 3 years ago
  • synthsmasher
    synthsmasher
    • 3 years ago

    uploaded #93

    • 3 years ago
  • NSpokhriyal
    NSpokhriyal
    • 3 years ago

    see entry #66 #72

    • 3 years ago
  • Eclick  Softwares
    Eclick Softwares
    • 3 years ago

    Please check #68 & #69

    • 3 years ago

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