12/04/14 9:18am

Earlier this year we partnered with UncommonGoods to launch the Brooklyn Flag Project. We challenged design-minded folks from all over the borough to create a flag reflecting their neighborhood, with the promise that the top three would be produced for sale by UncommonGoods. Along with former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Tina Roth Eisenberg–the graphic designer known as @SwissMiss, and UncommonGoods founder David Bolotsky, we helped winnow down a fantastic field of entries to eight finalists.

UncommonGoods awarded cash prizes to the top three winners, but decided not to produce the flags for sale after all–they told us that they had hoped to see flags from a wider variety of neighborhoods, though we thought the entries from East New York, Bay Ridge, Flatbush, Coney Island and Ditmas Park nicely rounded out the multiple flags designed for Greenpoint and Fort Greene–locales that lots of graphic designers call home. Even if you can’t buy one of these to hang from your fire escape, we think it’s worth taking a peek at the winners. And, as a bonus, we’ve added in our favorite entry that didn’t win (we’re suckers for a squirrel).

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07/22/14 1:26pm

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For those who love Brooklyn (and this likely means you), a map of the borough is like symbol of devotion. Scan the totes at any farmer’s market, study the walls of your friends’ Brooklyn apartments, and you’ll stumble on a map of Brooklyn at some point.

But what about Brooklyn flags? Does an official Brooklyn flag even exist? (Don’t worry, we had to Wikipedia it too. It contains the motto “Eendraght Maeckt Maght”—Dutch for, “in unity there’s strength”—and it depicts a robed woman holding something called a fasces.)

Let’s be honest—this is not the Brooklyn you know. The Brooklyn you know contains more color than a woman in a robe with a Dutch motto. Your Brooklyn looks like the water towers you see from your rooftop, the community garden you pass by on your way to work, the boys hanging out on your block. We’d like to see this Brooklyn of yours, if you would be so inclined to enter it into Brooklyn Flag Project.

Together with Uncommon Goods, we’re asking you to design a flag that represents the Brooklyn neighborhood you love and know inside out, and enter it in our contest by August 31. The panel of judges (including our own EIC Annaliese Griffin, Marty Markowitz and Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss) will decide on the finalists in mid-September, and the public—you!—will decide the Grand Prize Winner. That person, along with the runners up, will receive cash prizes and royalties, but this isn’t just about winning. It’s about seeing what kinds of flags Brooklynites, past and present, create to show their hometown love.

We’re hoping the Brooklyn Flag Project inspires even those who don’t normally enter design contests to create a neighborhood crest. (And if you’ve got a design in mind but don’t plan on entering, shoot us a line, we’d still love to see it and showcase it on our site.) Those who do enter, however, could one day see their flag hanging on apartment walls in Brooklyn and beyond. Just don’t hang it on the Brooklyn Bridge, the authorities are on to that location.

Intrigued? Read more about the contest here.

Photo credit: Martin