Oxford PA Flag Contest
Design a flag for the Borough of Oxford, PA
Flags are an important symbol of pride, unity, and identity for towns all over America. The Oxford Arts Alliance and Oxford Mainstreet Inc. are pleased to announce The Oxford Flag Contest as an initiative to create a design that will ultimately become the official flag of Oxford, PA.
Flags create an important sense of identity for residents and are a symbol for the entire community to unite behind. They give us a chance to represent what is unique and important to our town and create a platform to display it to the world. Much like sports teams have their own colors, logos, and emblems for fans to rally behind, a flag creates the same sense of identity and solidarity for town residents.
This contest asks individuals to dive into the history and culture of the town, and the sense of pride that comes with being an Oxfordian, and to channel all of this into a meaningful flag to symbolize Oxford. In addition, applicants can test their design skills and challenge themselves to find a way to represent the town in a symbol that will be officially adopted and used throughout the borough.
What do you think should be the flag of Oxford, PA? Let's get creative and design something beautiful!
Design your flag with the guidelines listed below. Remember to keep it so simple that a child can draw it.
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
FLAGS SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE DRAWN FROM MEMORY.
2. MAKE IT MEANINGFUL
ALL OF THE COLORS, IMAGES, AND PATTERNS SHOULD HAVE MEANING AND SYMBOLIZE SOMETHING.
LIMIT YOUR COLORS TO A BASIC SET AND ONLY USE 2-3 COLORS.
4. NO LETTERING OR SEALS
LETTERING AND SEALS CANNOT BE SEEN FROM A DISTANCE AND SHOULD NOT BE USED.
5. BE DISTINCTIVE
AVOID DUPLICATING A FLAG OR DESIGN.
Flags are powerful when their imagery can be used in things that people own.
Does your flag have something your could make into a sticker? A tattoo?
Oxford has history and meaning everywhere.
Have you talked to people around town about what Oxford was like when they were growing up?
Have you looked into Oxford's roots and beginnings?
What does Oxford Mean to YOU?
What do you envision symbolizing Oxford, PA? What makes Oxford unique and what are its attributes as a city?
SYMBOLS & MEANING
While simple, the state flag of Alaska has meaning in all of its symbols. The North Star represents Alaska being the Northernmost state in the union. The big dipper (Ursa Major) is also present to symbolize strength and is a nod to the bear; a native animal to Alaska
STARS & STRIPES
The stars and stripes in the flag of Washington D.C. are simple and strong. The design is based on the coat of arms granted to George Washington's great-great-great- grandfather.
While simple, the flag of Amsterdam has meaning. The black stripe in the middle represents the river, Amstel. The colorsthemselves are taken from Amsterdam's coat of arms and are used in municipalities of Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen. The three St. Andrew's crosses are used in everything from street signs to manhole covers in Amsterdam!
For More Helpful Hints:
Downloadable PDF for "Good Flag, Bad Flag"
Watch this Ted Talk on Flag Design: Here
An entry must be submitted either as a 3x5-inch drawing or a JPG/PDF/Vector image. A resolution of 900x1500 pixels works well, no files larger than 2mb will be accepted. Index card size works well.
An entry will NOT be accepted if:
Gradient colors are used. (All parts must be solid colors.)
It is two-sided. (The same image will be seen on both sides.)
It is a design that is plagiarized or is otherwise not an original work of the artist/designer.
Please include your Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, and Parent / Guardian information for any application under the age of 18.
Note: DO NOT put your name or identifying information on the image itself. Judging will be anonymous and the committee will assign a number to your entry.
A paragraph (150 words or less) explaining symbolism in the flag and its story is required.
Entries will be accepted by online submission at
Judges will review all complete submissions and select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.
The judges will present the winning flag to the Oxford Borough Council for their adoption.
DEADLINE: Designs for the contest must be received by November 22, 2019.
Entries that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered. All entries become property of the Oxford Flag Project Committee and will be considered public domain. The author/creator relinquishes all rights to the design. The artists/designers also certify that they are the original creators of the art work and it is not copyrighted or trademarked. Submissions by members of the Judges’ Panel will not be considered.
The Committee reserves the right to use entries for promotional purposes during the course of the contest, for example on social media for contest updates.
The Committee’s goal is a free and fair contest, subject to reasonable changes throughout its course. Contest rules are subject to change.
The flag must be a powerful design that attracts immediate interest and excitement. Citizens of Oxford must be enthralled with their flag, want to see it used because they find it appealing to look at it, rather than as a duty. It must speak to the town and its inhabitants in a way that makes citizens proud to see it.