Marie Fazio | October 2, 2017
For the last 28 years, The Shirt has been uniting the student section at home football games, as well as Notre Dame fans across the country. First created by students as a way to raise money for various student activities, The Shirt has become a prominent part of the Notre Dame football tradition with over 2.5 million shirts sold and upward of $10 million raised with the first 29 Shirts.
This year, over 100 students applied for a position on the highly-competitive 15-member committee responsible for the creation of The Shirt, senior Justin McCurdy — current president of The Shirt committee — said. The group is composed of two graphic designers, alumni correspondents, a social media and marketing team, public relations representatives and an unveiling ceremony team. McCurdy said selected students for next year’s team are currently going through interviews with the expectation that the final team for next season’s Shirt will be finalized by fall break.
For many of the committee members, involvement with The Shirt has been a goal for years. Both juniors Kayleigh McGuigan and Lindsey Meyers, the designers of this year’s Shirt, have collected iterations of The Shirt for almost their entire lives. (Editors note: Meyers is a former graphic designer for The Observer.)
“I’ve collected these Shirts since I was really little,” Meyers said. “It was always my dream to design The Shirt. It’s a very collaborative committee. Kayleigh and I would come up with designs and make them in Photoshop and Illustrator and present them to the team. … We started with the hangtag and went all the way down to every little detail.”
The group decides on a vendor and a color for The Shirt, begins research designs and has the hangtag finished before the end of the fall semester, McGuigan said. In the spring semester, the two designers will create designs for The Shirt, send ideas back and forth to the rest of the committee and implement any feedback. A few of the members will take a trip to the vendor’s facility — they visited Colosseum Athletics in California last year — to finalize the fit and design. Each season’s design is revealed at the unveiling ceremony in April.