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City Flag Design Project

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When you think of Walla Walla, what comes to mind? Maybe our agriculture, history, parks, water, wildlife, trees, or other natural resources? What imagery and colors might you use to convey what the city represents?

The City of Walla Walla would like to include the community in a project that could create a new city flag, a visual symbol of our past, present, and future.

The current city flag (shown below) has served Walla Walla well, but there is only one left in good condition, posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Before we have new flags made, City leaders are considering refreshing the flag with a layout that adheres to the design guidelines of the North American Vexillological Association.

Since the new flag would represent every Walla Walla resident, we’re asking for the public’s help in designing it. We are inviting anyone — from grade-school students to professional artists — to submit their designs, which will be assessed by the City's Arts Commission.

the current City of Walla Walla flag

How the Project Works

The City will accept design ideas from Feb. 3 to March 9, 2020. Artists can submit their designs through an online form, by mail, or in person.

After the submission period closes, City staff will process the entries and select the ones that meet the entry guidelines. The Arts Commission will then assess the entries, along with the current city flag, and decide which design will be the city flag.

If a design submitted by a member of the public is chosen, it may be refined by City communications staff before being submitted to the flag manufacturer. 

The person who submits the winning design will receive a certificate of appreciation and a framed copy of the design.

If you have questions regarding the contest, please email or call 509-524-4436.

Design Details

Entries should be designed on a horizontal rectangle with a 3x5 ratio. Templates with this ratio are available for download farther down this page. 

Scalable PDFs or other types of vector files are greatly preferred, but we also can accept .jpg and .png files that are of suitable resolution (a minimum of 1,500 by 900 pixels). If you aren’t able to create a digital version of your design, you may submit a hard copy, which City staff will scan in for the voting process, and recreate in digital form if it's selected as the winning entry.

Designs may include the graphical portion of the City of Walla Walla logo. Copies of this portion of the logo are available below.

Please don't put your name or other identifying information on your design. The entries will be presented anonymously on the ballot.

How to Submit Your Entry

  • Online: Fill out the online submission/release form, attach your file, and submit them electronically.
  • By mail: Print, fill out, and sign a submission/release form, include it with your design in digital format on a disc or flash drive (or an 8.5x11 inch color printed copy), and mail to Communications Manager, Walla Walla City Hall, 15 N. 3rd Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.
  • In person: Print, fill out, and sign a submission/release form, include it with your design in digital format on a disc or flash drive (or an 8.5x11 inch color printed copy), and bring it to the City Manager's Suite in Walla Walla City Hall.

Entry Guidelines

The City’s goal is a free and fair contest, open to all members of the public. Entries that do not adhere to the following guidelines will not be put on the ballot.

  1. Designs should follow the guidelines set by the North American Vexillological Association:
    • The design should be simple enough to be drawn from memory.
    • The flag’s images, colors, and/or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
    • Limit the number of colors on the flag to three that contrast well and generally come from the standard color set.
    • Don’t include text or a seal.
    • Don’t duplicate other flags, but you may use similarities to show connections.
  2. An entry will not be accepted if it:
    • Uses gradient colors; all elements must be solid colors. If your entry includes gradients, we will contact you and ask if you're willing to remove them and resubmit the design.
    • Is two-sided; the same image will be seen on both sides
    • Is a design that is plagiarized or is otherwise not an original work of the artist/designer
    • Is not positive in spirit
  3. Each artist may submit multiple designs, but each design submitted should be accompanied by a separate official submission/release form. 
  4. To be considered, etries must be received by noon on March 9, 2020.
  5. The artist/creator relinquishes all rights to the design. All entries become property of the City of Walla Walla, and will be considered public domain at the completion of the project.
  6. The City of Walla Walla reserves the right to modify the selected design as necessary to create a suitable file to use in manufacturing the flag.
  7. The City of Walla Walla reserves the right to use entries for promotional purposes during the course of the project — for example, on social media for project updates.
  8. The City of Walla Walla reserves the right to make reasonable changes to the contest as necessary.

Graphics and Templates

Here you can download the graphical portion of the City of Walla Walla logo and templates with the 3x5 ratio. (Click on the images below to download ZIP files.)

White logos (includes .ai, .eps, .psd, .tif)

white logo graphic

Default-color logos (includes .ai, .eps, .pdf, .psd, .tif, .jpg)
default logo graphic

Black logos (includes .ai, .eps, .pdf, .psd, .tif, .jpg)
black logo graphic

3x5 templates (includes .ai, eps, .pdf, .psd, .tif, .jpg, .idml, .indd)

If you have questions regarding the contest, please email or call 509-524-4436.