Purdue Tartan Design Competition
During the spring 2012 semester, Purdue's Department of Consumer Science (CSR) invited CSR students to participate in a competition to design an innovative and symbolic tartan inspired by the history and official colors of Purdue University. Working in conjunction with Collegiate Tartan Apparel, the winning Tartan would be used to develop and market Purdue-branded merchandise.
A total of 11 entries were submitted and then reviewed by a committee comprised of Purdue faculty, staff and alumni. Designs were judged for originality, aesthetics, and representation and interpretation of Purdue's history and colors. Three tartans were chosen to compete in an online competition. The winning designer was awarded $500. The first runner-up and second runner up was awarded $300 and $200 respectively. The $1000 prize money was a gift from from CSR alumna, Jan Alberts.
The winning tartan has been verified and reviewed for its originality by the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh, Scotland, a division of the Scottish Government, and registered as the official tartan of Purdue. It is licensed and trademarked through Purdue University and Purdue owns the tartan design.
Sales of Purdue Tartan merchandise support Purdue University (through licensing royalties) as well as scholarship programs for undergraduate students in the Department of Consumer Science.
The winning tartan was designed by Krizia Phillips (HHS 2013). Read how she came up with the winning design here.