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Zachary Harden

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Zachary Harden
A Self Photo - 2017

Zachary, Miru Takano & Nozomi Kariyasu
JAVA Meeting in Tokyo, Japan 2008

Zachary Harden - - Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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     I was born in South Carolina in May of 1986. With my father being in the military, I was able to not only see the protocol side of flags, but also see the pageantry and history behind flags. The event that really shaped my view on flags and cemented my interest was watching the Olympic Games in 1992 on TV. I was living in Hawaii at the time and it was the Summer Games in Barcelona and besides the arrow in the cauldron, the flags were my key thing to watch. The 1994 Winter Games in Norway cemented it.
     I joined FOTW as a list member in 1999. With Soviet flags as an early interest, I reported on various flags used at the funerals of state leaders. I had a VHS of the history of the Soviet Union due to a school project and eventually, I was able to get in touch with Rob Raeside. As they say, the rest is history.
     Besides English, I am fairly proficient in Japanese, but also know a bit of Spanish and Russian. When I am not a restaurant manager or a vexillologist, I am a husband to my wife Amanda and spend a lot of time watching baseball and collecting information about national anthems.
     I would like for people to know how I do my images and one topic that comes up a lot on FOTW-FB is what programs we use to draw images. Being a specifications enthusiast, I do a lot of my images based on graphic design manuals and flag standards sheets provided. Accuracy is what keeps me going and motivated (and also awake at night). I use Inkscape for 95% of my drawings, which was more of a habit developed from working on Wikimedia. Under the name of "zscout370", I did a lot of their flag images or consulted on them.
     I sometimes use Corel Draw and/or Paint Dot Net to finish the images, mostly to add either Pantone or DIC (Japan-based company) shades.
Zachary Harden, 10 September 2017

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Favorite Illustrations:

      Since Zachary is a prolific contributor of flag illustrations for FOTW, here are featured six of his favorite examples:

Flag #3 - Belarus

Flag #4 - NAVA 48 - 2014

Flag #5 - Alpha Tau Omega

Flag #6 - North Dakota

Comments on Flags:

  • Flag 1:  Arkansas Tech University - it is my alma mater.
  • Flag 2:  Salt Lake Winter Olympics 2002 - comparing how I did my first image to now, it shows my advancement in skills.
  • Flag 3:  Belarus - just my favorite national flag drawing, because of the years of research and the lengths I went to get this design right.
  • Flag 4:  NAVA 48 held in 2014 in New Orleans - I co-designed this flag with Tony Burton, and it was my first flag contest victory.
  • Flag 5:  Alpha Tau Omega - my fraternity flag and I had a lot of help from our nationals to get this flag right.
  • Flag 6:  North Dakota - my best work.

Past Projects and Honors:

  • Planning Committee for ICV 23 in Yokohama, Japan (2009). Also took over the publishing of the report after the death of Miru Takano.
  • Fellow of the Federation (FIAV 2011)
  • Deputy Director of the Thai National Flag Museum (2014 - current)
  • A co-designer for the NAVA 48 (2014) flag.
  • Appointed Vice-Director of FOTW in 2020.

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