Web Flags Summer School 2012

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By Federica Bardelli, Nadia Dresscher, Sabine Niederer, Tommaso Renzini, and Charlotte Webb

By Federica Bardelli, Nadia Dresscher, Sabine Niederer, Tommaso Renzini, and Charlotte Webb

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  • OMA European barcode \n
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  • New annotations, Brazillian Icaro Doria for the magazine Grande Reportagem in Lisbon\n
  • Den Haag EU flag design challenge\n
  • Food Flags is a series of ads promoting Sydney International Food Festival in which national emblems were made out of edibles indigenous to the country it represents. They’ve creatively used these images to advertise the international aspect to their festival which took place in October 2009.\n
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  • Twitter users who have customized their profiles using the themeleon tool. The webbier, the bluer?\n \n
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  • nr. 16 in the top 20 bulgarian .bg sites\n
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  • overview from east to westsome countries are bluer than others, overall... it’s colorful\n
  • blurred map of europalettes\n
  • France blurred\n
  • France blurred\n
  • Colours as symbols of our “Geistes- and Seelenlebens”. innerer Ring) [rot] "schön" [orange] "edel" [gelb] "gut" [grün] "nützlich" [blau] "gemein" [violett] "unnöthig"\n(äusserer Ring) [rot-orange]  "Vernunft" [gelb-grün] "Verstand" [grün-blau] "Sinnlichkeit" [violet-rot] "Phantasie"\n\n
  • here it is nice to point out that the colors of death are black in the west vs white in non-western cultures such as hindu.\n
  • e.g blue has different meanings for different countries - there is some contestation about the symbolism, but it may include:\nFrance: a color of Paris used on the city's coat of arms, Virgin Mary and bourgeoisie of the Ancien Régime.\nGreece: a symbol of the famed Greek sky and sea, connection with colors of goddess Athena, Alexander the Great's army banners\nSweden: represents truth, loyalty, and justice, associated with coats of arms of previous kings\n
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  • 1. Web FlagsCreating flags of the EuroWebs Federica Bardelli, Nadia Dresscher, Sabine Niederer, Tommaso Renzini, Charlotte Webb DIGITAL METHODS SUMMER SCHOOL 2012 Barcode of Europe, OMA, Rem Koolhaas
  • 2. Flags as National Symbols
  • 3. Flags as objects ofsubversion and criticism
  • 4. Flags as objects ofsubversion and criticism
  • 5. Flags as design challenge
  • 6. Flags as Cultural Symbols Food Flags, ads for the Sydney International Food Festival, October 2009
  • 7. What would these flags look like when using webby metrics?
  • 8. “Blue is still the mostpredictable color on the web” Folksonomy, 2011
  • 9. the webbier, the bluer? The Colours of the World Wide Social Web, colourlovers.com
  • 10. Can we find culturally specific palettes,by looking at the top websites percountry? Is every country’s top web
  • 11. Step 1: Fetch a listof EuropeanccTLDs (countrycode Top LevelDomains).Step 2: Compare tothe list of localGoogle versions.Result: list of 27
  • 12. (use yourStep 3: For each researchcountry of the browser!)list, query the e.g. for Italy, go to:local google for www.google.itthe top 20 and query:websites. site:.it for France, go to
  • 13. Colour Picking RulesInstall Colourzilla for Firefox or GoogleChrome.Choose 2 colors for each homepage:1. if theres website header: color of header2. if theres no header: color of the logo/brand inside the page3. if theres no logo: color of backgroundand color of the font color
  • 14. Spreadsheet of country colour codes
  • 15. Color Couples: Country-specific Web Palettes
  • 16. P O R T U G A LS P A I NA N D O R R AI C E L A N DR E P U B L I C O F I R E L A NF R A N C EU N I T E D K I N G D O MB E L G I OS W I T Z E R L A N DI T A L YN E T H E R L A N D SG E R M A N YN O R W A YD E N M A R KA U S T R I AS W E D E NC R O A T I AB O S N I AH U N G A R YF I N L A N DL I T H U A N I AG R E E C EE S T O N I A
  • 17. Creating a Web flagBlurred palette of France
  • 18. Web flag of France
  • 19. Further research and context Goethe, Farbenkreis zur Symbolisierung des menschlichen Geistes- und Seelenlebens, 1809.
  • 20. Not only are colours culturally specific.... so is their meaning.
  • 21. ...and so is the meaning of colours when occuring in flags
  • 22. P O R T U G A L S P A I N A N D O R R A I C E L A N D R E P U B L I C O F I F R A N C E U N I T E D K I N G D B E L G I O S W I T Z E R L A N D I T A L Y N E T H E R L A N D S G E R M A N Y N O R W A Y D E N M A R K A U S T R I A S W E D E N C R O A T I A B O S N I A H U N G A R Y F I N L A N D L I T H U A N I A G R E E C E E S T O N I Athank you!