by Maxwell Tielman FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST Text by Amy Azzarito. Design by Maxwell Tielman. Check out Amy’s Past & Present post about Tartan for more history! Emily January 16th, 2014 A little design history is a great way to start the day – more of this! Abby January 16th, 2014 I love this! Tartan forever. Tennyson January 16th, 2014 In LOVE with this series. Great illustrations and histories. Can’t wait for more! Emmy January 16th, 2014 Very interesting! I’ve always wondered about the difference between these. Really liking this series. Elsie Collins January 17th, 2014 I’d like to clear a few points here on tartan vs. plaid. Tartans are specific patterns and colors that originated in Scotland, as a way to identify each clan, as far back as the 10th century. Each proper historically based tartan is associated with a particular clan, which is why the wearing of the tartan was banned by the English after the Highland Clearances of 1745. A plaid is more of a bastardised version of the tartan, and has no historical significance. That said, a proper taran cannot be called a plaid. I am of the MacPhee clan of the 10th century in Colonsay, a tiny island in the inner Hebrides. Kate January 17th, 2014 so is a gingham on a colored back ground a tartan? if the tartan is on a diagonal is it cut on the biases? Ryan January 23rd, 2014 So by your own definition the picture labeled gingham is not gingham? Ievey July 15th, 2014 In this single piece, you’ve spoken my mind more articulately than I EVER could. LEAVE A COMMENT Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business.