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Dayton’s original flag was created in 1917 by an assistant art teacher and featured reddish stripes and a white stripe in the middle containing a Wright model flyer, according to city records.
The current flag was designed 1958 as part of a citywide contest. It has “Dayton” written down the left side and a globe and the Kittyhawk plane at the center of a gear on the right.
Dayton’s flag breaks important rules of good flag design by including lettering and having cluttered iconography, officials said.
City flags should be so simple that children can draw them from memory, and they should be so distinct they can be easily recognized from a distance, Schaller said.
A steering committee has determined that Dayton’s flag should follow four themes: flight (innovation), gem (grit and resilience), rivers and unity in diversity.
Flag designs should have no more than four colors, and green and blue are important, since they come from Dayton-area logos. White can used as a contrast color.
A steering committee will select 10 design finalists that city officials and stakeholders will whittle down to a list of three. Residents will then vote to help determine the winner.
Many cities across the country have bad flag designs and are taking steps like Dayton is to improve them, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
“I am excited to see what folks have been doing,” she said. “I hope everyone submits.”
People can visit this website to submit designs.
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