Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Conlang flag description for please help proofread

From:Arnt Richard Johansen <arj@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 13:13
I have drafted the following description of the conlang flag for possible
inclusion on the Flags of the World web site ( Please let me
know if there are any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. I plan on
posting it on Friday if there are no objections.

The conlang flag represents both the Conlang mailing list, and language inventors
and constructed language aficionados worldwide. It was flown at the 1st
Language Construction Conference in Berkeley, Californa in 2006.

The general idea of the conlang flag was decided as a result of a poll of the
subscribers of the Conlang mailing list in 2004. It has incorporated many
subsequent suggestions by list members, and the final version of the flag was
drawn by Christian Thalmann.

The flag depicts a silhouette of a ziggurat in front of a rising sun. The ziggurat
is a reference to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, representing
language and linguistic diversity. The terraced structure of the ziggurat is
also an iconic representation of the way a typical artistic language is created
piece by piece, and is never quite completed.

The rising sun represents the rise in notoriety and recognition of language
construction as an art form.

An earlier proposal for the design had a red sky. This was later changed to
purple, to avoid the association with anarchism that the red-black combination
would have. In addition, purple is seen to symbolise creativity.

Suggested Pantone colours
The following Pantone values were used for the flags flown at the 1st LCC:

black: Pantone Black
yellow: PMS 123
purple: PMS 527

Arnt Richard Johansen                      
I know, I know.  I could write a whole book about procrastination, but
who has the time?    -- Mark Shoulson


Sai Emrys <sai@...>