Whilst away in Australia recently talking at Sex, Drugs & Helvetica I (Michael) did two workshops organised by the fantastic folks at AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association). These took place in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Whilst thinking of a brief for the workshops Scotland was voting for independence (the result came in on the day of the Brisbane conference date) and my thoughts turned to our flag, would it potentially have to change if it was a yes vote? In turn would Australia’s flag have to change as it features the Union Jack? There is a great article on the Creative Review Blog on the subject here.
So, redesign the Australian flag it was. No mean feat, especially given the limited time all the workshop attendees had at their disposal. But with rigour and enthusiasm (and a lot of fun) tackle it they did.
Most (apart from a few people) agreed that it was time to ditch the Union Jack. It didn’t feel representative to the majority, it didn’t represent a modern Australia.
I was really blown away by some of the amazing responses to the brief, some very serious, some with humour. I promised to post the results on our site upon my return, so here they are. All flags are credited, and all flags are copyright the respective designer.
A big thank you to Jack Mussett (Melbourne workshop) and Neisha Phillips (Brisbane workshop) for all your hard work in setting the workshops up, and a massive thank you to AGDA Victoria & AGDA Queensland.
We find doing these short workshops are invaluable to a students learning not to mention a lot of fun. Are you a college or university and are interested in us doing a workshop? Then please get in touch here.