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Union Flag design competition: Pick the best new flag for the UK if Scotland leaves


By The Drum Team | Editorial

September 17, 2014 | 15 min read

On Monday we challenged the creative industry to come up with a new flag for the UK if Scotland votes yes tomorrow.

We received more than 70 entries, and you came up with some inspired ideas on what a new UK flag – sans Scotland – should look like, from changing the colour scheme to incorporating Prince George and the Welsh dragon.

Now it’s up to you to pick the best entry by simply clicking on the like button beside your favourite flags below.

The best design will be made for real by and the creator will also receive a free one year's subscription to The Drum.

Update: Voting has now closed. The Drum would like to thank everyone who voted and submitted entries. The top 10 – and winner – will be revealed on tomorrow.

By Tim Masters

"The brushed out saltire denotes Scotland's departure and the parcel tape shows how the rest of us will patch something together."

By Chris Ball

"My design is a lighthearted attempt to remind Scotland of its perceived subservience by retaining the St. Andrews cross in the design but with it dropped behind the rest of the flag; overshadowed and dominated by the cross of St. George and, to a lesser extent, the cross of St Patrick (still no room for Wales though, sorry!).

Hence the tagline 'Forever in the UK’s shadow'".

By Timothy Styles

"Scotland leaving the union shouldn’t change the flag. In fact it would be very British if we 'keep calm and carry on’ – acknowledging Scotland's departure simply by putting an asterisk next to their colour*.

*The asterisk is a wonderful symbol highlighting either alteration, elements of doubt or a need for explanation."

By Matthew Wyatt

"A p*ss take of the Yes campaign. We wanted rid of you anyway!"

By Matthew Wyatt

"A dark day. The nation is in mourning for the loss of Scotland to the UK."

By Matthew Wyatt

"I used the black outline (loosely taken from the welsh dragon) to add a little definition to the cross of St George and St Patrick, allowing a white background to be used."

By Jo

"This idea incorporates the Red Cross for England; the Red Diagonal cross for Ireland and the green and white background for Wales.

The dragon in the centre is the Welsh dragon (admittedly on a bad day) and should have a thick red outline but otherwise no colour (ie so the crosses are still seen) because everyone loves a dragon, it's beauty, fierce nature and strong tradition."

By Bish

"Scotland you don't want us. So guess what? We don't want you. Flagoff. Oh and kilts were invented by an Englishman."

By Kay Petrie

"In Comic Sans because the united part is a bit of a joke."

By David Brazier

By Liam Mitchell

By Vicky Samuel

"My patched-up Union Jack is a statement about the spread of the british empire across the globe, and its demise through conquered countries taking back their independence. Scottish independence is another example of how the meaning of the union jack will change."

By Together Agency

By David Clegg

By Paul Hough

"As we become increasingly multicultural The United Population of Britain seems quite fitting. Flags are placed in order of the top 38 foreign populations currently in the UK from the 2012 Census (Rep Ireland – 533,901 down to Malta 30,178)."

By Jack and Adam

Simon McWhinnie and Neil Wright

'The 'Well and Jolly Rogered’.

By Dan Fleming

"Keeping the red St. George’s Cross as the centerpiece. The background blue of Scotland is removed and replaced with red which is featured in the St.Patrick’s Cross of Ireland, the St. George’s Cross of England and the red dragon of the Flag of Wales. The gold and black are taken from the Flag of St. David, "

By Dan Fleming

"Single yellow vertical bar; repeated enlarged in red across the background with white triangles on the sides.

This design steps a bit farther away while still referencing some of the more traditional symbols of the Union Jack."

By Dan Fleming

"This flag shows England in a reversed St. George’s Cross on bottom as the cornerstone of the UK with a combination flag representing Ireland and Wales on top."

By Carlo Piacentini

By Chris Bace

By David Holcroft

By David Jones

"The flag encompasses St. George’s Cross, St. Patrick’s Cross and the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr (although this is reversed in white).

It also incorporates black and yellow, which appears in the flag of St. David. The overall design bares resemblance to the current Union Flag bar a radically overhauled colour scheme and the placement of the dragon."|

By Debi Mccormack

"I thought it was important to maintain the St Patrick's Cross (for Northern Ireland) and St George's Cross (for England) and to introduce Wales - the green comes from the Welsh national flag and keeps the graphic pattern of the Union Jack alive."

By Debi Mccormack

"Including the dragon gives it a bit of an attitude and emphasises the historical links to folklore that all three of these ancient nations have."

By Debi Mccormack

"I wanted the flat to look good, feel traditional and modern at the same time and be liked by every British citizen."

By Emma Hopkins

"The power of colour is forever underestimated.

By combining the English and Welsh flag colours, we needn't change the structure design, however the impact of change is still present."

By Jared DeLuca

"Combines traditional elements with modern representation of the crown."

By Ian Ellery

"I think it's time we finally recognised the Welsh in the UK flag, so I've incorporated their half green flag. My design also makes it easy to see which is the top of the flag - ending forever the 'flag is hanging upside down' faux pas."

By Karen Stevens

"The thinking is that the Welsh dragons are uniting with the English Roses and ripping away the Scottish Blue and replacing it with the Welsh Green.

A latin quote of 'United Forever' – meaning regardless of the outcome we will remain united forever. And then the UK map with Scotland cut off the top and instead a crown – crowning the New UK."

By Kay Petrie

"Creative erasing of the Scots."

By Lee Nash

By Logo Design

By Logo Design

By McFerrers

"Emperor Hadrian had the right idea. A little bit of DIY and It'll be good as new."

By McFerrers

"The Tudor rose symbolised the uniting of a country after it was torn apart. So a redesigned rose which incorporates the Daffodil of Wales symbolises the remainder of the UK pulling together."

Neil Haston

By Simon Tomlin

"Simply change the blue in the flag for black."

By Ben Farrell

"People up and down the (remaining) nation will rejoice at having a flag that captures what's left of the British spirit, and remembering what's still Great about Britain.

The design includes a quote adapted from George's first words, 'It ain't over til it's over' (a gentle reminder to Scottish people that they still have to put up with the Monarchy), translated into Latin to make it more flaggy."

By Chris Brace

"Extracting Scotland and adding Cornwall And Wales."

By Scott Burns

"Essentially it's just what the flag would look like with the lovely saltire blue cropped out in Photoshop.

Since there seems to have been very little thought given to what would happen to the flag, I figure it would be a bit of a rush job... And a designer in joke for good measure!"

By Bader Hinai

"The red represents for war.

The blue represents the sea which has served Britain in many aspects of its formation like trade, military, and connections with other parts of the world.

In the middle is the white stripe which represents peace, and also it is taken from the English flag."

By Wez Maynard

“This idea is composed of the three patron saint flags. I combined St David’s (yellow cross on a black background) with the Y Draig Goch in terms of proportions, namely the white top 50 per cent and omitting the dragon altogether.

Given St George’s relationship with dragons, I deemed it not appropriate for inclusion."

By John Yates

"I designed the flag around 10 years ago, originally to try to reunite the five countries of the what I call United Britain.

My aim was to give equal prominence to each country on the flag (including a reunited Ireland) and to give Wales recognition."

By Peter McCollough

"I've titled this f-UKflag."

By Huw Paisley

"The potential departure of the Scots provides the ideal opportunity to right this wrong - with the minimum of disruption to the layout of the current flag.

One spot colour change and hey presto, a dash of green will make all Welshmen even prouder to be part of the r-UK. Bendigedig!"

By Andy Harrington

By Studio Tri

"With the potential of losing Scotland on the horizon, what better way to advertise for a new partner than via a lonely hearts ad!"

By Happy Creative

By Happy Creative

By Happy Creative

By @moritxtolxdorff

By Richard Webb

By Richard Webb

By Richard Webb

By @SussaxonBrady

By Robert Shaw

By Liam Mitchell

By Publicity Sevices

By Publicity Services

By Publicity Services

By @nabd

By David Clegg

By David Clegg

By Sherry Design Studios

By Sherry Design Studios

By Sherry Design Studios

By Sherry Design Studios

By Elliot Hutchins

By Elliot Hutchins

By Jeremy Swifen Green

"If Scotland votes Yes, the new UK flag could use a white upright cross on a black background (a Welsh and also a Cornish flag) instead of the Scottish saltire.

This would simply mean changing the blue in the Union Jack into black."

By Philip Richard

By Larner Caleb

By Daniel Sidaway

"I have decided to insert the St David flag to represent Wales, the black background to replace the blue and a yellow cross in the centre - and a black border for a more striking look.

I have made the saltire of St Patrick larger so the former saltire of Scotland now acts as a border (as the white surrounding St Georges cross)."


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