The Association stands ready to help you with the design and emblazonment of coats of arms which follow the established rules of heraldry. The design process is a collaboration between you the client and an IAAH-approved herald, who makes him- or herself available to explain the heraldic science, consult with the client, propose design options, and assist the client to arrive at a design both pleasing to the client and in keeping with the laws of heraldry.
There is no cost to the applicant and the amount of design work offered free of charge is limited to the basics of heraldry; the shield, the helm, wreath, crest and mantling, the motto and a final image of A4 size, suitable for framing, delivered to the client as an electronic file.
Due to the amount of design work on hand, it may take a little while for you to receive a response from the IAAH. We presently have a backlog of requests so your patience would be appreciated. An IAAH representative will contact you via email as soon as possible with further information/instructions. All text fields marked with an asterisk * must be filled in.
B. ...Heraldry Assistance Details
Designing and assuming arms is a process which typically takes some weeks to complete. The client and the herald discuss via email or phone those things which the client wishes to represent visually and any requirements a client may have, and the herald helps the client to arrive at a visual representation of those ideas. The client's ideas or desires will not always be able to be met in every circumstance, since the herald is always bound to follow the principles of good heraldic design and the universally applicable rules of heraldry. The herald, of course, will do what he or she can and will strive to explain why something cannot be done, while providing alternatives. Once a design which is both heraldically correct and attractive to the client is chosen, the IAAH offers to have one of its artists emblazon it, that is to say illustrate it, as the culminating part of the design process. A certificate will also be provided to those having their arms designed and emblazoned by the IAAH. The client is free to take up the offer or pass on it.
Those persons approaching the IAAH with previously assumed arms or substantially complete designs may seek assistance from IAAH to consult on particular design questions or to emblazon their personal design. The client should be aware, however, that the IAAH will not emblazon, that is illustrate, any design which does not accord with the rules of heraldry. The IAAH's herald will, in these situations, explain the issue and offer his or her help to correct the design's deficiency.
If one is planning on registering his or her design with a heraldic organisation or is planning on petitioning an official heraldic authority for a grant of arms and would like assistance in doing so, please inform your IAAH-assigned herald.