Corporate Design Styleguide
The visual appearance of our university
Part of the FH JOANNEUM corporate identity (CI) is its corporate design. This comprises the university’s visual appearance and includes the design of its communication tools – printed materials, information brochures, letterhead, etc. – as well as product design and presentations. In addition to creating a clear identity and visual unity, its primary goal is to ensure that FH JOANNEUM is a recognizable brand. This style guide provides instructions on how to properly apply the corporate design.
The style guide includes rules for using the key elements of the FH JOANNEUM brand; these must be applied whenever the brand is used. This primarily relates to the logo, the corporate colours, the corporate font, and the layout grid.
By providing guidelines and setting out rules, the Corporate Design Style Guide functions as the starting point for the production of all FH JOANNEUM materials, while also allowing sufficient creative leeway for the professional creation of advertising materials used in the context of a university.
Click on the links to directly access each of the following topics:
1 The FH JOANNEUM logos | 1.1 The primary logo of FH JOANNEUM | 1.2 The secondary logos | 1.3 All logos for download |
2 Colours | 2.1 Download colours |
3 Fonts | 3.1 Download Fonts |
4 Icons | 4.1 Download icons |
1 The FH JOANNEUM logos
1.1 The primary logo of FH JOANNEUM
The base file for our wordmark has a width of 100 mm. This corresponds to 100%.
- The lettering is set in the font Parka Medium.
- The graphic element – the vertical bar – is the visual bracket and is also used as the colour code.
- The subline, or tagline, is set in the font Parka Regular.
Clear space around the logo
Whenever the logo is used, it should be surrounded with clear space. The minimum clear space around the logo is clearly defined and must be strictly adhered to on all advertising materials. The minimum distance to other design elements such as text and illustrations equates to the cap height of “FH JOANNEUM” on all sides (X = cap height of FH). Where only limited space is available for the logo, the clear space may be reduced to half the cap height.
The minimum logo size is 35 mm width on printed materials, and 170 px width for web applications. Consequently, the subline has a minimum font size of 6 points, to ensure its readability. Logo 2 is used for formats of less than 35 mm.
The logo may also be inverted for stamps and 1-colour pad printing (solid printing), in white or positive black.
1.2 The secondary logos: Departments, Institutes, Laboratories, Centers and projects
Secondary logos are provided for the visual communication of the departments, institutes, laboratories, centers and projects. They use the well-known and clearly understood system of symbols, allowing the observer to perceive and decode the content faster.
The primary colours of FH JOANNEUM are red, black and white.
CMYK: 10c, 100m, 85y, 0k
RGB: R212, G0, B45
Secondary colours / Department colours
The secondary colours of FH JOANNEUM are the six Department colours:
Applied Computer Sciences: Green
CMYK: 60c, 0m, 100y, 0k
RGB: R118, G184, B42
Building, Energy & Society: Orange
CMYK: 0c, 70m, 100y, 0k
RGB: R236, G102, B8
CMYK: 80c, 0m, 20y, 0k
RGB: R0, G175, B203
Health Studies: Yellow
CMYK: 0c, 40m, 100y, 0k
RGB: R247, G166, B0
CMYK: 100c, 60m, 0y, 0k
RGB: R0, G92, B169
Media & Design: Purple
CMYK: 35c, 100m, 0y, 0k
RGB: R175, G18, B128
The FH JOANNEUM corporate font is PARKA by Daniel Perraudin. It incorporates a wide range of font styles, and its appearance is factual and informative. This font is exclusively used by graphic designers working with professional desktop publishing (DTP) software. The fonts Calibri (sans serif) and Georgia (serif) may also be used as alternatives for office use.
FF Unit Slab
The contrasting font family is FF Unit Slab. Mixing a sans serif with a serif font keeps the typography lively. The FF Unit Slab by Erik Spiekermann is used as a secondary font to give the overall appearance a greater complexity. It is primarily used for longer body text (magazines, books), for awards, lead texts, and captions. This font is exclusively used by graphic designers working with professional desktop publishing (DTP) software.
FH | Icon
Our icon can be used as a profile picture on social networks, as an app icon or as a favicon (16 x 16 px).
The Departments as dynamic signets: simple, flat, and easy to read on digital devices. The guiding principle behind the system of symbols is interdisciplinarity. The different symbols can be combined, also representing the unity of the individual Departments. The symbols are a visual description of the Departments and serve as sub style elements. They formally derive from the vertical bar in the central FH JOANNEUM logo. They act to expand the visual vocabulary and are intended to provide visual orientation.
Images should be designed to meet the needs of the users, which will be surveyed in advance. They are part of the overall visual concept, and an integral element in the FH JOANNEUM content strategy. The concept is designed to create a high recognition factor, and to transport the key messages as clearly as possible. Cliched images should be avoided, instead they should communicate specific information in accordance with the message architecture. In addition, images should portray technologies and objects together with people. Group pictures should not be used. University employees should be shown in the context of their employment, i.e., the relevance to their area of work should be clear from the image background.
Important points to note:
- We do not use stock images, only images showing authentic persons.
- People should be portrayed working within their own specific fields of activity.
- No more than three people to be shown in a single image.
- The image colour is slightly desaturated.
- Illumination: no flash, only available light, reflector used to brighten.
6. Further downloads
Here you will find additional downloads relevant to the visual appearance of FH JOANNEUM.