Our Visual Identity
Grinnell’s visual identity represents the institution at the most basic visual level. It’s a signature, a stamp of quality, and a symbol of pride for all of us to rally behind. By following a few simple guidelines, we can ensure that our identity remains unmistakably ours.
Our logo has been updated so that it's easier to use in a variety of scenarios, including on the web, in digital applications, and in smaller instances in print. Additionally, we have updated the typeface in the logo to better match our evolved brand, our institutional traits, and our academic reputation.
The singular expression of Grinnell’s institutional mission and academic brand.
Our logo is the primary identifier for the college, connecting all entities within our institution. It has two parts: the laurel leaves and the wordmark. It’s a symbol of what we stand for, and should always be used in accordance with these guidelines.
Logo with Primary Lockup
These entities are directly connected to the master logo, with the role of furthering the mission of the college and delivering on the student experience. They must be tied to the master brand logo to reinforce its strength, and they build on the equity of Grinnell College to elevate their individual reputation.
There are four categories within this group, covering both academic and administrative entities. All of the categories use the same lockup structure, with the Grinnell logo and the full name of the entity.
- Academic divisions, departments, and concentrations
- Academic centers and institutes
- Academic programs and entities
- Administrative offices and resources
Logo with Secondary Lockup
There are two categories of these entities: academic and administrative. Both use the same lockup structure.
- Academic programs
- Administrative center, offices and organizations
These are entities that reach beyond the college. They may have their own brand equity or distinction, or may serve additional audiences outside the college. In some instances, these entities may maintain a distinct identity or mark, used in conjunction with the master logo or the Grinnell College name. It’s important to note that Grinnell College Athletics is included in this category. Athletics maintains its own identity and spirit mark; the use of the master logo is not recommended.
Grinnell’s typography is flexible enough to meet a wide range of situations and requirements. When it’s used thoughtfully and consistently, typography becomes a powerful branding tool that can add visual meaning to what we communicate.
The official font families are Futura and Freight.
Licensing and Implementation
The Futura and Freight font family can be purchased directly online at fonts.com. At this time the College does not have an institutional license.
Futura® Pro Family (10 styles)
Freight Display Pro (12 styles)
Alternative System Fonts
Our brand fonts may not always be available to everyone for use in Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, or other digital applications.
The alternate fonts listed here are freely available on all computers.
Arial is the acceptable substitute for Futura.
Georgia is the acceptable substitute for Freight Text Pro.
Our color palette is simple and sophisticated. It relies mainly on PMS 485 for identity elements and black. Bright and dark accent colors and secondary tints are for additional levels of content in layouts.
Many factors contribute to consistent and accurate color reproduction. These include always using the correct color formulas, using quality papers when printing, and choosing qualified people and machines that put color on paper. Screen-based applications must follow similar care and consistency.
Supporting Accent Colors:
The vibrant colors of this palette bring intensity and youthfulness to the visual brand. Each bright accent color has a corresponding dark color to provide balance and flexibility in color-driven layouts.
These individual colors are not intended to be assigned to particular divisions or programs.
The secondary tints provide a base for all other colors to interact. They provide a warm, cool, or neutral tone to layouts. They can also take on a more detailed role in coloring text in a layout, creating a subtle tone or softening type over dense color or photography.
Photography is a compelling tool for portraying the diverse and dynamic nature of our community. It can quickly capture the Grinnell experience and connect deeply with people.
The words we use can describe what we’re doing to challenge convention and shape the future. But it’s our images that actually shows it.
Photography plays a major role in how we communicate. Whether you’re pulling from our existing library or you’re shooting new images, each photograph should focus on one of the following categories: