The proposal for the International Flag of Planet Earth is a graduation project of swedish designer Oskar Pernefeldt, and it’s one amazing piece of design!
At this time, current expeditions in outer space use different national flags, depending on the country that is funding the voyage. The space travelers, however, are more than just representatives of their own countries. They are representatives of planet Earth.
On his proposal website, Oskar describes his design:
“Centered in the flag, seven rings form a flower – a symbol of the life on Earth. The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked. The blue field represents water which is essential for life – also as the oceans cover most of our planet’s surface. The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet and the blue surface could represent the universe.
Centered on an azure field, seven circles of silver interlaced, creating a flower.”
The beauty of this design proposal comes from the thought process of the designer. The way he approached the hall concept is amazing. I almost had an eye-color-attack (personal frustration) from all these superficial IT companies that hide their personality behind the color blue, yet my hope was backed by this design. The color variation was chosen because of the contrast it has while in space (see the video).
From my point of view, it is too idealistic for this day and time, but not to be neglected just because of Oskar’s optimism. I say this because the roots of the design itself are held in the respect for the different ecosystems and acknowledging the existence of others (fauna and flora, not to mention these thumb sucker bipeds). This respect lacks at this point, just ask the black rhinos… oh, wait, we can’t.
Anyway, this design must not be judged for what it’s not, but for what it is. And it’s one hell of a design proposal! For all intents and purposes, it aims high.