Don Watt: 1936–2009

Steve Heller recently noted a controversy that has come to light following the death of Canadian designer Don Watt. Watt had quietly claimed for years that he designed the Canadian flag. Recent research and inquiry suggests that this claim is at odds with commonly understood facts, but it can sometimes be hard to identify and appropriately credit all the players in a collaborative project.

The Canadian flag, know as The Red Ensign (just as the American flag is known as Old Glory) might have looked like the version above (known as Pearson’s Pennant), or one of 3,541 other publicly-submitted designs.

None of this, of course, is to diminish the lasting contribution Watt made to the design landscape over a 50-year career.