Campaign for a Better Naperville Flag
Connor Tenny, Andy Wang, Nathan Ashta, Haider Sarwar, Jack Penrose & Ritvik Manda
A flag is a unifying force for communities. Just like the name “Naperville” or the image of the Riverwalk, a flag could be a distinctive part of our identity as Napervillians. Less than an hour away, Chicago’s flag is almost internationally known and is seen everywhere: mugs, T-shirts, murals, skateboards, and of course flying outside. The flag of Chicago is interwoven with a Chicagoan identity. That’s what these students want with a new Naperville flag.
From a pure vexillological (the fancy word for the study of flags) standpoint, Naperville’s current flag doesn’t make much sense. While Naper Settlement describes the symbolism within the “flag”, those elements are really just a logo for Naperville. The flag isn’t distinctive or inspiring and mostly serves as a logo for official city stationary.
Napervilleflag.org was started by six students from Neuqua Valley High School after being inspired by Roman Mars’ 2015 TED Talk, “Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed” and realizing the wanting quality of Naperville’s current flag. Since then, they’ve built a campaign around creating new, bold, inspiring symbol of Naperville, sourcing 128 submissions for a new flag design from the area’s residents, opening voting on the flag design finalists, and selecting a new, unofficial, flag for the city under Creative Commons.
At TEDxNaperville 2016, we unveiled the new Naperville flag, designed and embraced by its citizens to stand as a symbol of the city.
You can view and download the vector file for the new flag here.