FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We get it: the public/private partnership, the contest factor, the fact that flags aren’t the trendiest thing happening right now… You have questions! See if these help clear things up for you, and your question isn’t answered here, you can always contact us here or find us on Facebook.
- HOW DOES THE CONTEST WORK?
You and all your Redding-based friends and family will design flags, using the universally accepted design guidelines, and following the contest rules. You’ll then submit them to the contest, along with an artist statement explaining your design, using this form. Volunteers will give the design and statement to our judges without your name or contact info, and the judges will individually score the designs based on Creativity, Symbolism, Artistic Merit, and Execution. The top scoring designs will move on to round 2, where the judges will decide as a panel which are the best 5. Those 5 will be presented to the public for online voting, and the flag with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be declared the winner. First place wins $1,000, the other 4 finalists win $200 each. We will then have flags produced with the winning design.
- WHY TAKE THE TIME/MONEY/ENERGY TO DESIGN A NEW CITY FLAG?
Poll 20 Redding residents what the current flag looks like and we’d bet only five of them could tell you. (It’s the city seal, by the way.) A fresh, decipherable flag will give the community an opportunity to express its identity and share a common design sense. As Roman Mars explains, “a great city flag is something that represents a city to its people and its people to the world at large. And when that flag is a beautiful thing, that connection is a beautiful thing. […] The city flag will become not just a symbol of that city as a place, but also a symbol of how that city considers design itself, […] its public transit, its parks, its signage. It might seem frivolous, but it’s not.” We see other communities, like Chicago, like California, like State of Jefferson, that celebrate their flag in their attire, decor, and identity, and we think Redding deserves the same opportunity to celebrate.
- WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE CURRENT CITY FLAG?
Inherently, nothing, though it does break two of the universally-accepted guidelines of good flag design: no seals, no lettering. There are countless ‘city seal’ flags flying around the country, but Redding is nothing like those cities, so why should our flag be similar? Redding is a cultural hub and a unique place to call home, our flag’s design should reflect that and should inspire people to fly it.
- WHY HAVE A DESIGN CONTEST? WHY NOT JUST HAVE A DESIGNER DO IT?
We love and value good design, and have no intention of devaluing a designer’s work. Since this flag represents Redding, the City of Redding decided that the community should have the opportunity to choose its design, both through their own submissions and their votes for the winner. We’re taking that assignment and producing it to the best of our capabilities! We’ve set aside prize money – $1,000 for the winner, $200 for each finalist – to incentivize good design. (If you think a bigger, better prize is in order, you’re welcome to join our sponsors!)
- WHO IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS?
Catalyst Redding Young Professionals, a volunteer-run 501c3, is paying for everything. Our time, our energy, our money: all for you! You’re welcome join us as a sponsor!
- WHO IS JUDGING THE DESIGNS? I’M REALLY JUDGMENTAL: PICK ME!
We have already finalized our judging panel, but we’ll consider you for our next competition-based effort! Fifteen judges from the Redding community are volunteering their time. We intentionally chose a cross-section of judges: they are 50+, under 30 and several numbers in between. Their backgrounds are in the arts, business, media and more. They are Republicans and Democrats. Some are experienced designers, some are flag fanatics, some are just game to help out. Some are transplants, some are lifelong Redding residents. None are City of Redding employees.
- WHAT ARE SOME CITIES WITH COOL FLAGS?
Well, cool is a matter of opinion, but Chicago’s is widely regarded as cool, and the people there love their flag. Amsterdam’s flag is also a big part of its culture. Portland, OR is home to the largest subnational flag organization in the country, and thus unsurprisingly, has well-designed flag.
- I WANT TO HELP! HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
You can totally help! If you want to donate, visit our sponsor page. If you have another kind of involvement in mind, contact us! We’d love to hear your ideas!