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DID YOU KNOW----HOW IU'S COLORS CAME ABOUT


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The December 1887 Indiana Student noted that the “colors of the university are crimson and black. Senior class cream and gold.” So, at some point, the two different color combinations must have fused together. By 1903, The Daily Student published an article that stated most of the students and faculty had no idea what IU’s colors were, but several answered confidently that the colors were some variation of crimson, red, white, and cream. The writer of this article explicitly stated that the colors of the university were cream and crimson, explaining that these colors were adopted fifteen years prior (in 1888). Apparently, the colors gained popularity due to their catchy alliteration.

In later years, IU switched to a simpler red and white. It wasn’t until around 2002 that they reverted back to the signature cream and crimson. The University hired Michael-Osborne Design from San Francisco to redesign the interlocking IU symbol with instructions to apply the crimson color to it. Designer Paul Kagiwada gave the logo a newer, cleaner look. The result is that same iconic symbol you’ll see all over campus today.

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^^^ Very nice contribution.  Love adding to my knowledge of IU history.   While growing up in "the Region"  in NWI, in the 1950's and 1960's.... the state of Indiana would issue new license plates annually.  In other words, you had to register you car annually, and turn in your old plates from the previous year.  And each year the plates would be Cream and Crimson, for IU, or the next year Black and Gold for PU.

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