Rethinking the Flag of Huber Heights, Ohio
I recently watched the following video on why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed and began thinking about local municipality flags:
Huber Heights does have a flag, but the only image I could find from the City Flag and City Seal on the city webpage is rather low resolution:
Low-resolution (250px × 149px) JPEG of the flag of Huber Heights, Ohio
I wanted to update it based on ideas in the video, but first I made an SVG version of the Huber Heights flag. The following is an exported PNG of that SVG:
Better rendering of the flag of Huber Heights, Ohio
Now onto some of the core concepts from the video. Namely:
- Keep it simple.
- Use meaningful symbolism.
- Use 2-3 basic colors.
- No letters or seals.
- Be distinctive or be related.
The first thing I did was remove the seal in the center and the text:
The Flag of Huber Heights, Ohio with the text and seal removed.
I felt the stars had no symbolism or purpose, as well as just looking awkward, so I removed those as well:
The Flag of Huber Heights, Ohio with the stars removed.
Next, I felt that the wide border around the two H’s (aches?) made the flag too complex, so I removed them (or made them the same shade of green as the H’s):
The Flag of Huber Heights, Ohio with no white border around the H’s.
I think that looks fine, but I also wanted to play with the colors a bit. I changed the colors to match the hex colors of the Flag of the United States based on the discussion on Wikimedia:
The Flag of Huber Heights, Ohio in Red, White, and Blue
These hex colors are #BF0A30 (red), #FFFFFF (white), and #002868 (blue).
I’ve had a few thoughts on other flags, such as Montgomery County Ohio, Greene County Ohio, and Toastmasters, but that’s a post for another day.