South Africa, 1994 project
The BBC recently ran a profile of Fred Brownell, the designer of the South African flag. The article includes a wonderful series of illustrations showing the evolution of the flag. The image above was his first idea. The three-legged Y was supposed to represent the ideas of convergence and unification, and the colours had no particular significance. But Brownell quickly realized that red, white and blue, were very much associated with European and colonial history, and added African black and gold to balance them out.
Brownell comes off as quite proud of his creation, and rightly so. It’s one of the most successful flag designs in history, and for my money it’s the most beautiful flag in the world today.
(designer: Frederick Brownell)