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The MSU Denver Abbreviated logo serves as an abbreviated display alternative to our University logo (which displays the University’s full name). Its succinct visual signal with easy memory recall helps build brand awareness in a multitude of applications. Additionally, the Abbreviated logo helps promote the preferred abbreviated University name “MSU Denver” orally and in text. Its compact footprint makes it ideal for display on a wide variety of marketing collateral, including athletics apparel.
When displaying the Abbreviated logo on print and web applications that include content, the full University name must be spelled out on its first reference. Subsequent references may use “MSU Denver.” In print and web applications that have minimal or no content, displaying a copyright notice serves to identify the University in its proper full name. Copyright notices should appear as follows: © 2019 Metropolitan State University of Denver. All rights reserved.
Applications that do not require a degree of formality, such as apparel, pens, small-imprint-area items and other casual-use tchotchkes, may display the Abbreviated logo without inclusion of the full University name elsewhere on the same item.
Applications that require a degree of formality, such as University stationery and legal documents, must display the full-name University logo. DO NOT display the Abbreviated logo on these items.
Our Abbreviated logo is available in three formats. This provides optimal logo display within the space provided per application. The components within these formats are in a fixed size and spatial relation to one another and should not be altered. The vertical format is preferred and should be displayed wherever practical, provided that the available display area permits sufficient size for the logo.
Format A is the preferred format and should be displayed wherever practical. Additionally, Format A best fits applications with square to vertically proportioned display areas.
Display Format B on applications with horizontally proportioned display areas.
Display Format C on applications with extreme horizontally proportioned display areas.
To avoid crowding our Abbreviated logo with other imagery – such as text, photography, illustrations, color breaks or rule lines – a “clear zone” is the minimum amount of space to remain free of other imagery. This minimum space requirement also applies to page trim and folds. The clear zone is proportional to the size of the logo, and its border is determined by measuring from the outer edges of the logo to the distances indicated in the diagrams below.
Adhering to clear-zone guidelines will best ensure legal protection of our logos by minimizing confusion as to their appearances.
Shown below is the minimum approved size for our Abbreviated logo as measured from the width of the Roadrunner Symbol. The diagram below shows actual size at left but then enlarged for viewing ease. If a size smaller than the approved is necessary, the University’s abbreviated name, MSU Denver, is typeset in one of the approved support typefaces.
The minimum size to be displayed is 1 half-inch (12.7mm, 36 pixels) as measured from the width of the Roadrunner Symbol.
Abbreviated name should be less than 1 half-inch (12.7 mm, 36 pixels).
If a visual representation of the University is needed, but the display area does not permit sufficient logo sizing, you may display the University’s abbreviated name in upper- and lowercase or in all caps. It must be typeset in one of the typefaces from our approved type families, Univers, Gotham or Century Schoolbook, and must appear in one color. Contact Strategy, Marketing and Communications for approval of any typeface substitutions.
DO NOT display the University’s abbreviated name in a two-color solution in an effort to mimic the appearance of the Abbreviated logo.
Our Abbreviated logo consists of specific hues of blue and red. Accurate reproduction of these colors, referred to as MSU Denver Blue and MSU Denver Red, is critical to maintaining a consistent brand image.
When the Abbreviated logo is darker than the background color on which it is displayed, it is referred to as “positive.” When the logo is lighter than the background color on which it is displayed, it is referred to as “reverse.” Within these two categories, there are full-color and one-color options from which you may choose. The preference is to display the full-color version wherever practical. Often, only one color is permitted or practical. In these instances, the preference is to display the one-color version that utilizes MSU Denver background colors. If this is not a practical option, then the one-color black on any light- to mid-value background (or white on any mid- to dark-value background) is approved. See Color Selection to determine the most appropriate logo color option for its intended display.
Display on white or light- to mid-value backgrounds:
Full Color – Preferred
One-Color – Preferred
One Color – Approved
Display on black or mid- to dark-value backgrounds:
Full-Color – Preferred
One-Color – Preferred
One-Color – Approved
Clear logo visibility is important for ensuring its integrity. All Abbreviated logo components must be easily discernible from the background on which they are displayed. The gray-scale diagram below demonstrates how the visibility of each logo color option is affected by the color value of its background. Additionally, avoid displaying the logo on background areas with a high degree of contrast and/or distracting visual activity. Generally, positive logos provide optimum contrast on light- to medium-value backgrounds and reverse logos provide optimum contrast on medium- to dark-value backgrounds.
To best ensure clear legibility and maintain brand integrity, it is important to select the correct color version of any of our logos that include the Roadrunner Symbol. To this point, there are two important design features:
Preserving the integrity of the MSU Denver brand is paramount. A visible method of preservation is through accurate and consistent display of our Monogram logo. This practice will help reinforce its strength and continue to grow MSU Denver’s current degree of brand equity.
Shown below are just a few potential misuses of our Abbreviated logo. All attempts should be made to adhere to the guidelines stated in this document. Any misuse will ultimately diminish the current degree of brand equity and potentially jeopardize its legal protection.
At right is the approved and preferred appearance of our Monogram logo.
Avoid the logo misuses below and others. If you have questions regarding correct logo use, contact Strategy, Marketing and Communications.
Transpose the color scheme. Only display the approved color options.
Display a one-color version other than those approved.
Create a one-color version with tints to simulate the hue differences found within the two-color version.
Allow the “M” to appear in MSU Denver Red (as it does in positive logo art) on reverse applications. Always ensure the logotype appears in white on reverse applications.
Allow poor visibility between the logo and its background.
Add graphics to the logo. Always ensure the Clear Zone is properly observed.
Create new logo formats. Only display the approved formats.
Horizontally stretch the logo in an attempt to fit within specific display areas. Always use one of the three approved format options.
Vertically stretch the logo in an attempt to fit within specific display areas. Always use on of the three approved format options.
Display the logotype component as a stand-alone graphics. The logo must appear in tact with both Roadrunner symbol and logotype locked together.
Typeset the logotype in an attempt to simulate it. The logotype is custom-rendered and should not be altered.
Create special effects with the logo. Effects such as drop shadows impede legibility and diminish the logo’s integrity.