The main thing I say to people is that it needs to be elegant and simple. A lot of people have this idea that a coat of arms is a shield divided into four, like a cross, and you have a different theme in each corner like the Hogwarts crest. But that is not how English heraldry works.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Heraldry in the News!
Some of you may have seen this article already (I've seen it linked on at least two places on the internet that I frequent), but in case you haven't:
There's a very nice little article by Harry Wallop posted a few days ago entitled "What would be in your coat of arms? A heraldic designer reveals how the family emblems are created" includes portions of an interview with Adam Tuck, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms at the College of Arms in London. I particularly liked one quote:
And I would add, "That's not how pretty much any heraldry works."
Anyway, it's a fun little article to read, with some good points to remember and quite a bit of accurate information in it. Not to mention the two illustrations of heraldry: one of the College of Arms' herald painters drawing up Kate Middleton's coat of arms, and this little gem from the stern of the Royal barge Gloriana:
So please, head on over to the website of INews and spend a few minutes perusing an article about heraldry. You can find it on their webpage at: https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/coat-of-arms-heraldry-design-family-logo-564190