Flag Contest Entry: Monongalia County Commission

Monongalia County Flag Contest (October 2017)
Entry for the Monongalia County Flag Contest (October 2017)

In August 2017, the County Commission of Monongalia, WV announced a contest in designing a new county flag to be flown at the courthouse square after its renovation this fall.

The commission requested that designers observe the following rules when submitting their proposals:

  1. The design should be simple and colorful using up to three colors (and possible other symbols)
  2. Use meaningful symbolism: images, colors, and patterns should relate to what it symbolizes
  3. The overall design should be distinctive to distinguish it from other flags
  4. Submissions are required to include the county seal and the year the county was formed

The first three rules appear to be taken from the Five Basic Principles of Flag Design of NAVA.org. However, the last requirement completely ignores one of the principles:

4. No Lettering or Seals; never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

Thus, my design did not follow all the rules demanded by the Commission. My conscience did not allow me to plonk down the county seal on my design 😉 . Below is my entry to the contest, submitted on August 30, 2017. Read underneath it for the meaning and symbolism of each item on the flag, as well as the final results!

Monongalia County Courthouse is the most distinctive and recognizable symbol of the county. Incorporated on the county seal, the courthouse is one that is loved by [county] residents and enjoyed by visitors. The year 1776 was included to signify the county creation by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on that year.

The golden rope encircling the courthouse is also derived from the county seal representing unity, continuity and connectivity of the “mother county” and its surrounding areas; including the northern West Virginia and several Pennsylvania counties.

The blue background represents patriotism and harmony. Blue is the color of water and the sky which is harmonious in the county landscape. It represents Monongahela River where the county takes its name. It also represents the first native settlers of the area, the Mound Builders (or the Adena people).

Alas! My entry did not take the price. A local Morgantown HS student won among 85 applicants of the design competition for the Monongalia County Flag. You can view the winning entry on one of my tweets. Nonetheless, I actually received an award for an honorable mention with a certificate and a small prize, so thank you Monongalia County Commission.

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Flag of Howard County

I redesigned the flag of Howard County, Maryland to depict a cleaner and more modern design. No copyright infringement is intended.

It is described as “a red and white design which incorporates part of the Maryland flag.” The colors also reflect the exact colors of the flag of Maryland, including the red and gold.

Howard County Redesign Flag, Maryland
Howard County Redesign Flag

The top left quarter, a “sheaf of wheat in gold symbolizes the agricultural heritage of the County” which can also be found on the original seal of Howard County dating back from 1840. The bottom left quarter depicts a golden triangle “symbolizing the unique position of Howard in the future development of the eastern seaboard.”

The flag of Howard County, Maryland was established in 1968 through a contest and was designed by Jean O. Hannon.

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