Late this afternoon, the New Zealand Flag Consideration Project Panel announced the official Long List of 40 Alternative Flag Designs narrowed down from 10,292 public submissions. While examining the various flags I became curious about a couple of patterns I noticed. Specifically, it seemed that most of the designs represented either a koru, silver fern or the Southern Cross constellation and that there were a handful of designers who had multiple successful entries.
Curious, I took a couple of hours to turn the webpage into a dataset and visualise the results. I extracted the data using Kimono—a handy tool that turns websites into structured APIs—and imported it into Google Spreadsheets. This quick post shares a few of the rough charts I pulled together in that time.
The first thing I did was create a horizontal bar chart summarising the number of designs in the long list by each entrant.
Of the 40 designs in the Long List, 24 were created by nine entrants. Two designers, Kyle Lockwood and Sven Baker, constitute 25% of the list with five successful designs each.
Curious to see the relationship between designer and flag looked as a network graph, I switched across to Google Fusion. The following screenshots illustrate how individual designers (the blue circles) are related to specific flags (the orange circles).
Wā kāinga / Home is a collaborative effort between a four contributors.
Kyle Lockwood and Sven Baker both worked alone, but each had five successful designs.
Here are all the designer-flag relations laid out in one big messy graph. If you’re interested in taking a closer look, I recommend you visit the Fusion Table directly