Logo Usage Guidelines
NOTE: These guidelines are a work in progress and will be updated as soon as additional details are finalized. Letterhead and envelope templates are provided at the bottom right of this page. The business card template can be found here. Please do NOT create your own versions of these items.
All marketing materials are a representation of the University and its brand. Your assistance in maintaining this brand identity is crucial, and we rely on you to assist in introducing our new brand to the public successfully. The Office of Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations MUST APPROVE ALL marketing materials to ensure the most current branding and logo usage guidelines are followed. For approvals or if you have an immediate need that these guidelines do not address, please contact Jay Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.425.5379 or 202.274.6253.
The Official UDC Logo
Please email email@example.com to request current logo for official usage.
The Firebird/Mascot logo
The Firebird logo for UDC Athletics is unchanged and will remain in use for Athletics materials. The Firebird logo can also be used as a secondary graphic element on marketing materials. In those cases, it should be used in addition to the UDC logo and always at a secondary size and position. (See below, “Size and Scaling Requirements.”)
Size and Scaling Requirements
ALL logos (UDC and Firebird) must ALWAYS be placed with a fixed proportion of height to width. Do NOT stretch them wider/horizontally or taller/vertically. Scale each logo proportionally ONLY, i.e., with height and width percentages of the original logo size being equal (e.g., 90% width and 90% height).
Minimum requirement for open space around the official UDC logo: Depth of open space around the logo should be equal to or greater than the X-height, which is the height of the capitol D in District. A diagram will be provided soon showing the amount of white space around the logo.
Minimum size of the official UDC logo: Ideally, 2.5˝ wide, but it depends on the situation/layout. 1˝ wide for promotional premiums (e.g., pens, sticky notes, small items). The logo should not span the whole width of the page, but it should stand out predominately over the other elements. Most importantly, ALWAYS ensure that all text in the logo is legible at actual size.
Official Logo Colors
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request official logo colors.
Printed marketing materials: Helvetica Neue or Sabon (in all of their variations—Roman, bold, italic, etc.). Trajan Pro is the new display font for headlines or decorative elements like quotes; it will replace the previous fonts: AUBauer and Schniedler Initials. It is used for The Flame products in the masthead and headlines.
Web pages and on-screen presentations: Arial or Times Roman (in all their variations—Roman, bold, italic—EXCEPT condensed). These fonts may also be used for the body of letters and for internal communications.
NOTE: Most marketing materials will be created and produced by external vendors, and it is their individual responsibility, by copyright law, to purchase these fonts.
The University name should NOT be written/spelled out additionally next to the logo (unless completely unavoidable and with approval of the UDC marketing department).
Graphics and Photography Usage
Do not put the logo in a box. The old “boxy” style of the logo is no longer acceptable. Also, the bars and stars are no longer part of the UDC brand identity and should not be used as graphic elements. The star may be used as a small bullet only (font: Zapf Dingbats, key H).
Do not place the logo over a busy illustration or photo. All parts of the logo must be clear and legible.
Office of University Relations & Public Affairs
For marketing & print materials:
Main Office Contact
Executive Director of External Affairs
John Gordon, Jr., Director
Office of Communications
202.274.5998 (o) | 202.697.1310 (c)