Our goal is to create and protect a unified voice of the university in everything we do—all of us across the IUP community. That extends to the way we represent IUP visually. Beyond the IUP logo, we have set a number
of graphic identity standards designed to achieve that consistency.
IUP Athletics Logos
Other Graphic Elements
Creating and Requesting Graphic Assets
If these resources aren’t enough for your needs, learn more about how you can work with us on a more strategic level.
Never underestimate the power of our university logo. It a consistent reminder of the core values we all share and sets the stage for all messaging and communication that follows.
The consistent and proper use of the iconic IUP “block”
logo strengthens our recognition and should be used to maximize our visibility while maintaining a unified and identifiable look.
No more wave. No more soaring hawk. This logo replaces all previous institutional logos as the preferred graphic identifier. We use it to represent the academic and administrative programs of IUP.
When color is an option, the logo should always appear in IUP PMS 201 C Crimson, or the approved equivalent for web or process color.
When rendering the logo on IUP Crimson, it must be white.
Always leave a clear area equal to the width of the “I” around the logo. No text, images, edges, or other elements should overlap this border.
When color printing isn’t an option, the logo must appear in black, not a tonal gray.
When rendering the logo on a colored field that is NOT IUP Crimson, it must be white.
The logo should always appear at a legible size. Never go below a height of 25px for digital applications or 1/4” in print applications. Consider if the scale of the logo will present issues with legibility and crispness for other applications
In some cases, our logo needs to be in a “lockup” with the full university name or a departmental name. Our first goal is always finding ways in which the logo can stand for itself—think big brand first. When that is not possible, please contact our
brand management team to receive a version with an attached wordmark.
The university name lockups all follow the same rules as subunit versions. The only difference is that the name of the university is applied in a heavier weight of font to heighten it as the master brand.
When reversed all elements of the lockup are applied in white
Maintaining a unified appearance across the Indiana University of Pennsylvania brand enterprise is important to establish IUP as a reliable and professional organization.
The lockup system was designed to provide a variety of ways to create branding for the university, schools, offices, alliances, and subbrands that make up IUP. The lockups cover a range from formal to casual and have multiple hierarchies to allow different groups to take the lead in a particular branded application or allow multiple groups to be represented as equal partners.
To request the appropriate lockup for your application and needs, please contact IUP brand management.
The lockup system was designed to provide flexibility
for both the imprint area of the mark and the subunit of emphasis. One of these four versions can be applied to most imprint applications.
Left justified (for square and horizontal rectangle applications)
Centered (for square and vertical rectangle applications)
Hard horizontal (for elongated horizontal rectangle applications)
In rare instances, a subunit with a very short name (of eight characters or fewer), will have a lockup that is both centered and double justified to both the left (The “I” in IUP) and the right (The “P”) in IUP.
Formal lockups use the full name of the subunit with either a discipline emphasis or a college emphasis. Semiformal lockups use the full name of the subunit but have no particular emphasis and maintain equality in sizing of the subunit name. The formal lockups should be used when communication is being addressed to groups outside of IUP, such as potential investors, prospective students, or professional organizations.
Casual lockups can be used for communication addressed to internal groups, such as students and faculty. These audiences are already familiar with IUP and will be able to recognize where the communication originated in an abbreviated form.
Formal (Discipline Emphasis)
Formal (College Emphasis)
Semi-Formal (No Emphasis)
It’s our ace in the hole. The IUP seal is the most formal of IUP’s
graphic identifiers and is generally reserved for use in similarly formal and official documents. That includes the following.
Do not use the seal unless working directly with our division on one of the above or a similar use. Using older versions of the seal or parts of any version is never permitted.
We get it—the hawk looks awesome. But, given
the importance of the university logo, we cannot confuse our academic and athletics marks.
These logos are to be used only for Athletics Department teams and programs, including varsity athletics teams, club sports, and associated programs. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the Marketing and Communications Division.
Our core colors are crimson and gray. That won’t change anytime soon. Any work for the university should start there. Black and white are key components to the IUP brand, too. The brand color palette also includes two accent colors. You'll find them
displayed below, but we discourage you from trying to implement them on your own. They're tricky and require the touch of a professional designer.
To make sure that our colors are displayed accurately in all channels, you can use the codes below for help. Quick tip: CMYK is best for print, while RGB is best for digital channels.
CMYK: 0, 100, 63, 29
RBG: 158, 27, 50
CMYK: 63, 55, 54, 28
RGB: 90, 90, 90
CMYK: 8, 29, 100, 0
RGB: 236, 181, 27
The IUP brand uses two typefaces—Minotaur Sans by Production Type and Prospectus Pro by Lost Type.
Minotaur is a bold balance between modern and classic sans, with a slightly rough contour.
Prospectus Pro has a classic academic look, but with a sharp, modern edge.
Minotaur is primarily used for headlines, while Prospectus Pro is recommended for body copy, pull quotes, and smaller eyebrow treatments. Although both of these font families have more styles, please use only the specific front types specified below.
Minotaur Sans is used in two weights: Bold and Regular.
Both styles should be set in all uppercase, unless the text is very long and unreadable. Title case text can be used in this instance.
Prospectus Pro S uses three styles: Regular, Italic, and Light. The italic style is only meant for use in body copy, never for singular or large applications.
Wordmarks that are in “lockup” with the IUP logo do not use Minotaur Sans or Prospectus Pro S. Please contact our brand management team for help
with these elements.
Beyond the basics, our designers also use a number of other graphic elements to make IUP marketing messages stand out. The below elements are for reference only. Please connect with our brand management team for help with materials that require these elements.
In our materials, you will sometimes find an orange-magenta-yellow gradient. We use it to highlight text, color an image, or fill smaller vector elements. It should never be a background or large field of color.
Sometimes, choosing not to employ some of our graphic elements is a powerful design decision. Negative space (as well as the presence of the color white) creates designs that don’t feel overwhelming, busy, and hard to discern.
Organic growth patterns that resemble tree rings and concentric rectangles suggest growth and activation. You’ll find them as subtle additions to add texture, depth, and direction. They never enter the foreground or dominate the design.
Used to embellish imagery, frame content, and create background texture.
We use a consistent set of icons that are geometric, simple, and monoweight. You’ll find them in spots where they embellish photography, illustrate concepts, or improve the hierarchy of content.
All of IUP’s trademarks, service marks, logos, and identifiers are owned by Indiana University of Pennsylvania and cannot be use or reproduced without permission from the chief marketing officer.
The requirement to secure permission for use of a trademark, service mark, logo, or identifier applies to both on- and offline uses, including use on social media accounts.
Permission to use university-owned trademarks, service marks, logos, and identifiers is ordinarily granted only to offices and departments within Indiana University of Pennsylvania itself that are staffed by full-time employees.
Permission may be granted for the production of licensed apparel and other items. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania licensing program is handled via our licensing agent, the Student Co-operative Association.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania does not grant permission for the use of its trademarks, service marks, logos, and identifiers on social media accounts not controlled by the university.
Complying with all these guidelines and standard can be complicated. Our template library integrates all of them, helping you build better brand-appropriate marketing
Never try to create assets like the IUP logo from scratch or pull them from another document. That leads to inconsistencies we try to avoid. Instead, look for help from our division to get the right assets, implemented the right way.