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Blank-flagHelp Cedar Rapids Design a New City Flag!
The City of Cedar Rapids is undertaking the redesign of our City flag, and we would like your ideas for the new design! In order to create a flag that incorporates citizen input and ideas, we will be offering multiple opportunities for citizen engagement.

From now through November 2019, we are asking residents to submit their design input and ideas.  Tell us what colors, shapes and symbols you believe best represent the City of Cedar Rapids, and/or send us a design idea.

When creating your designs, remember the five basic principles of flag design according to the North American Vexillological Association:
  1. Keep It Simple: The flag should be so simple it can be drawn from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. No Lettering or Seals: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. Be Distinctive or Related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but you can use similarities to show connections.

Flag designs are made up of colors, shapes, and symbols

Portland flag 
Colors should reflect the region & represent or convey emotion
Portland, Oregon’s flag has green for forest, blue for rivers and yellow for wheat.



Shapes such as stars and stripes are very common in flag design.
Lawrence, Massachusetts’ flag has white stripes to represent the Spicket, Merrimack and Shawsheen Rivers and their respective courses.

Phoenix flag

Symbols can be anything related to a city. Just keep it simple and easy to recognize!
Phoenix, Arizona’s flag has a phoenix, the mythological bird that is the official logo of Phoenix.

Send us your ideas!

To submit your ideas and designs, please  fill out our online form. The form allows you to submit design attachments in PDF or .jpg form under 5 MB.


*By submitting your ideas, you are donating concepts to the Cedar Rapids Flag project. No concepts will be copyrighted. Any final design will be open for public use.

Timeline of the Flag Redesign project: 

June 1, 2019 
Kick off event at Resident Appreciation Day/Downtown Farmers Market
June - November 2019
Community Engagement (submit your ideas!)
November 2019 – March 2020
Professional designers take input and ideas from community to create 4-6 final designs, determined by community committee of artists/stakeholders
March – May
Community rating on final designs
June 2020
Flag unveiling at 2020 Resident Appreciation day
© 2019  Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 101 First Street SE

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