"Connected," the official Iowa State University tartan, designed by Madelyn Bunn, an alum from the Apparel, Merchandising and Design program, was inspired by the network of art and architecture that distinguishes Iowa State University.


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The Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management (AESHM) Depart at Iowa State University put together a competition, led by Dr. Shane-Nichols & Dr. Sanders, AESHM Department chair, to solicit tartan designs from across the university.

Students from across the university submitted designs. The initial designs were judged by instructors within the Apparel, Merchandising & Design program. The faculty members judged the designs based on their interpretation of Iowa State's history, use of color, and originality. After a lengthy judging process, two final designs were selected to be put to a campus-wide vote. After a campus-wide vote, "Connected" was selected as the winner.

The ISU tartan is now a registered tartan through the Scottish Register and was developed into a variety of products from coffee mugs to magnets.

Photo Credits by Innovate 1858, Emma Carrel, @emmanicholephotography

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