THE MICHIGAN PATTERN
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Have created a custom print to represent Michigan. Comprised of several symbolic references connected to the University and town, it is a distinguishing pattern that evokes consistency and ultimately a sense of pride in the institution.
The three arches at the top represent the three campuses within Ann Arbor (Central, North and South), as well as the three University campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. They also reference tree canopies, connecting to the origin of the town’s name and its landscape.
Like the Valiant font, the line structure ties into the familiar wrought iron found on the athletics campus, and it also symbolizes the bond and connection throughout the entire Michigan community. The brick motif draws upon the athletics campus architecture as well.
All of these elements combine for a strong, distinctive print that represents the Michigan family.