The Flag of Milwaukee


A recent post about the San Francisco flag at Burrito Justice reminded me that Milwaukee has a flag that is much less than awesome… how much less than awesome? Well, it was designed by a Milwaukee Alderman in the 1950s, and back in 2001 it was deemed so bad that a competition was created to redesign it. With over 100 designs submitted, none were chosen and the old (ugly) flag remained.

To further add insult to injury, in 2004 a poll conducted by the North American Vexillological Association, the flag of Milwaukee was rated the fourth worst of all major cities in the United States. Embarrassing!

With a vibrant creative arts community in the Milwaukee Area (including branding firms like ourselves) perhaps the time is right to give it another shot and see if we can improve upon our flag. Having a well-designed flag we can be proud of might do wonders for the city.

August 15, 2013 · Posted by in art, branding, design  


5 Responses to “The Flag of Milwaukee”

  1. Dana Ziolkowski on August 16th, 2013 10:01 am

    I agree! Milwaukee has so many incredibly talented thinkers and designers–another design should be considered. I wonder why none of the previously submitted designs were chosen in the last competition?

  2. Larry Clarkin on August 19th, 2013 1:21 pm

    I was kind of curious which 3 flags were worst than the City of Milwaukee’s:

    Rapid City, SD
    Huntington, WV
    Pocatello, ID


    Better Watch out Mesa, AZ – we are gunning for you!

  3. Pete Prodoehl on August 20th, 2013 1:18 pm

    I feel so much better now… Take that, Pocatello!

  4. Joseph Lazo on August 21st, 2013 9:55 am

    Now I know why I’ve never seen the Milwaukee flag before!

  5. Gary Kramlich on August 22nd, 2013 10:54 pm

    Just put the summerfest logo on a white background and call it a day :)

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