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I'm sorry that the National Post in all their asper wisdom didn't publish online the version of the flag - but I'll try to create one - anyways - read on...


An iconic logo, much like the Swiss flag

Marc Lostracco, National Post
Published: Thursday, May 25, 2006

Toronto's current flag is stodgy, boring and ugly. I offer this redesign, along with some related images, for the National Post's new-flag contest.

I was going for something very contemporary, simple and iconic, in the way the Swiss flag is. The redesign is square instead of the usual rectangle, which not only complements the strong graphical (almost semaphore) element, but also does not visually fight any flag it may share a flagpole with.

The design is extremely simple and graphic, creating a symbol that looks as good on letterhead as on a T-shirt.

Currently, Toronto does not have a strong logo like the London Underground, or even the letter-within-circle design of New York's subway lines.

On a T-shirt, for example, this design bucks the tourist-tee trends and emanates pride, strength and coolness.

A single sans-serif capital T could be both the flag and a logo indicating something official, from the ticket booth in Dundas Square to city employee badges to recycling bins.

If used as a city logo, it could have a text component that would ''label'' whatever it refers to. The lack of any text on a flag design (or T-shirt) would be almost mysterious but entirely confident in its identity.

The presence of the ''Blue T'' logo would instantly be recognizable as a brand, similar to Montreal's simple Metro signs, New York's yellow cabs or the blue-and-yellow Human Rights Campaign logo.

Toronto-based companies would be proud to fly the square flag, as might private tourist destinations such as the Rogers Centre and the Eaton Centre. Information kiosks could fly the flag (or logo branding), and there would be no confusion that the city implemented it (like the weak T.O. Tix and Toronto's current ''phone booth'' tourist kiosks).

Residents could slap on a square blue bumper sticker, as they do with the black-and-white oval U.K. or rainbow flag.

The flag design is also complementary to any kind of architecture it may fly in front of, from classical to ultra-modern.

The design is not dated or overthought, nor is it intrusive, yet it's identifiable and strong. Its simplicity would cut right through the endless billboards and advertising.

The brand would come to signify progression and competence and would fit into the iconic branding of other world-class cities. It avoids incorporating cliches like the CN Tower, the maple leaf or City Hall -- done to death. It's entirely scalable from a huge billboard to a tiny Web browser favicon.

The colours work well for this design, reminding one of clean air, sparkling water, white snow ... but also of glass skyscrapers, shiny subways and public fountains.

Finally, the similarity to the Swiss flag has an element of cheekiness, a nod to actor Peter Ustinov's famous description of Toronto as ''New York run by the Swiss!''

- Got an idea for a new Toronto flag? E-mail the Post at [email protected] nationalpost.com. The winning entry will be forwarded to the Mayor's office, and a National Post mug forwarded to the winning designer.
 

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I found this- I believe they chose the present flag over this one- but its actually not bad- I like the yellow:



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I dont mind the overall design of that flag...but come on THAT YELLOW IS GROSS!
 

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The winner of a flag contest in the National Post would ultimately end up being red, with a white circle in the middle containing a lower-case 't' with each of it's protrusions bent to the right at the halfway mark.

The current flag may look a little "90's" but it serves its purpose, is very representative (the T looks like the city hall towers for anyone who hadn't noticed) and frankly for a city with constant budgetary needs changing the flag should not be a top priority.
 

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Popular lore suggests that the flag, upside down, resembles Adam with a maple leaf in lieu of a fig leaf.
 

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The Simonizer said:
Popular lore suggests that the flag, upside down, resembles Adam with a maple leaf in lieu of a fig leaf.
In that case Adam needs to visit an orthopedic specialist pronto! :)
 

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ive seen the toronto flag twice (not counting the internet) .........why spend time and money looking to change it if it dosent serve any REAL purpose?
 
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