Grab your flag

KC Design Week : 2016

Flags represent a universal visual language that is both simple and deep. Simple, in that they contain a common visual language to which we all can respond. And deep, in that the symbology of flags has the power to represent both who we are and what we believe.

For KC Design Week 2016, Barkley created a whole system of flags (32 in all); each one featuring a unique symbol to represent one singular aspect of design and the creative process. When combined, these flags tell a larger story about those things we all have in common.

These flags were waved both as print and digital elements. They became cards, outdoor boards, guerrilla walls, posters, guides, a website, a map, print-on-demand t-shirts, limited edition posters and a social campaign created by us and the KC design community.


  • Paul Corrigan, creative & design direction, copywriting
  • Arthur Cherry, associate design director
  • Melissa Holland, design
  • Stacia Weiss, design
  • Jen Beck, design
  • Audrey Raymond, design, photography, social
  • Jim Howard, copywriting