PROVO -- Just more than a year ago Provo city introduced its redesign and city logos to residents, now Mayor John Curtis and staff are seeking resident input a redesign for the city's flag.
On his blog Wednesday Curtis noted that he enjoys seeing Provo continually being ranked as one of the top cities in a variety of categories.
"Imagine my disappointment to learn that out of 150 cities, we were ranked 143rd for our flag," Curtis said. He added the city was in a redesign process of the flag.
As part of its recent publication on American City Flags, the North American Vexillological Association did an Internet public opinion poll on 150 U.S. city flag designs. Provo's was near the bottom of the list of designs. Washington, D.C., received the highest ranking and Pocatello, Idaho, was lowest at 150. Salt Lake City's flag ranked 99.
City spokesman Corey Norman said the administration would like residents to submit ideas that are simple but portray Provo. The design does not have to be like the city logo either.
"They are two separate things. The logo can be complex. The flag needs to be simple with two or three colors, no words and it stands out," Norman said. "Come up with symbols that provide consistency."
The city suggests individuals interested in submitting a design consult the North American Vexillological Association. Some of their flag tips include:
• Keep it so simple a child can draw it.
• Use symbols unique to a city or area.
• Limit colors to three that contrast well.
• No lettering or seals on flags.
• Make it distinctive from other flags.
Norman said the design would also be turned into a patch and should be a design a police officer or fireman could wear on their uniforms.
There is no set deadline, but the mayor would like to start seeing design ideas and move on the project. Residents who would like to give comment or input on the design are asked to comment on the mayor's blog at www.provomayor.blogspot.com.