Identity Standards

Logos

Primary Logo

PLNU's horizontal, vertical, and acronym logo formats are the primary logo visual representations for the university and should be used whenever possible to create visual consistency along all branded touchpoints. Additional logo formats have been created for circumstances where the use of the preferred logo formats is not ideal. PLNU's primary logo formats, from left to right: horizontal, vertical, and acronym. These versions should be used whenever possible.

PLNU Primary Logos

Color

Using consistent logo color formats is essential to maintaining the strength of our brand in all mediums. It is preferred that the logo appear in two colors: Point Loma Green PMS 343 and Point Loma Gold PMS 4505. Other variations include one-color black, green, or white (reversed).

Point Loma Green Light PMS 343c
Point Loma Green
PMS: 343c
CMYK: 88.41.78.38
RGB: 14.85.63
HEX: #0E553F
Point Loma Gold Dark PMS 4505c
Point Loma Gold
PMS: 4505c
CMYK: 38.40.87.10
RGB: 155.133.66
HEX: #9B8542

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clear Space and Size

Clear space refers to the minimum amount of "white space" around the logo that should always be free from copy, page edges, graphics, or other distracting elements. A larger clear space around the logo is always beneficial. Clear space is determined by the height of the Greek

Description of proper clear space for PLNU logos

Minimum size ensures Point Loma Nazarene University logos always retain their visual integrity and legibility, building and maintaining equity in the brand. 

The logo sizes shown are the smallest size at which logos are approved for use. Larger sizes are recommended.

Alignment

Compositions that create movement are a cornerstone of the PLNU brand. To achieve this movement, asymmetrical balance is often deployed to direct the eye across the composition. 

Alignment instructions for the PLNU logos

Incorrect Use

Incorrect uses of the PLNU logo are shown below. Incorrect usage rules apply to all logo formats in the logo system.

Examples of incorrect use of the PLNU logo

President's Seal

The President's Seal is a brand asset that should be protected and used with great care. For this reason, its use is restricted to the following usage only:

  • President's Office.
  • Academic-related events (such as graduation or honor society materials).
  • High-end brand communications (such as donor or advisory board materials). 
  • Heritage or historical context (where the history of PLNU is the primary subject matter). 
PLNU President's Seal

 

Note: Use of the President's Seal must be approved in writing by the Vice Provost prior to publication. MCS will manage that process, please reach out to MCS to request.


Athletics Logo

Athletics Primary

The Athletics primary logo is also the primary wordmark. It is the primary identifier when speaking of athletics as a whole, not an individual team/program. It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Point Loma Athletics Primary Logo in Sunset Gold and Green

 

Athletics Monogram

The Point Loma Athletics monogram is a secondary identifier for athletics at PLNU. The monogram is also the primary identifier for the baseball program. It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Athletics Monogram in Sunset Gold and Green

Athletics Crest

The Point Loma Athletics crest is a secondary identifier for athletics at PLNU. The crest is also a primary identifier for all individual athletics programs (other than baseball). It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Athletics Crest in Sunset Gold and Green

Athletics PLNU Uniform Asset

The PLNU uniform wordmark is reserved for use on NCAA sanctioned Point Loma team uniforms and athletics promotional materials related to uniforms. It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Athletics PLNU Uniform Asset in Sunset Gold and Green

Athletics Point Loma Uniform Asset

The Point Loma uniform wordmark is reserved for use on NCAA sanctioned Point Loma team uniforms and athletics promotional materials related to uniforms. It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Athletics Point Loma Uniform Asset in Sunset Gold and Green

Athletics Sea Lions Uniform Asset

The Sea Lions uniform wordmark is reserved for use on NCAA sanctioned Point Loma team uniforms and athletics promotional materials related to uniforms. It may not be used without written consent from PLNU Athletics.

Athletics Sea Lions Uniform Asset in Sunset Gold and Green

Athletics Lockup

The Athletics lockup logo is also the primary wordmark for individual sanctioned NCAA teams. It is the primary wordmark/identifier for individual teams. Sport-specific wordmarks unify athletics and promote consistency across the brand by sharing a common visual language and hierarchy.  Each sport has its own name below “Point Loma” using Gotham Black font. New lockups may not be created or used without the written consent of PLNU Athletics.

Athletics Lockup in Sunset Gold and Green

 

Colors

Core Color Palette

The Core Color Palette includes two sets of colors designed to perceptually convey the strong foundation of prestige and quality academics that PLNU is known for: the Classics and Neutrals. Use these colors in balance to express the brand across all audiences.

Point Loma Green Light PMS 343c
PMS: 343c
CMYK: 88.41.78.38
RGB: 14.85.63
HEX: #0E553F
Point Loma Green Dark PMS 627c
PMS: 627c
CMYK: 87.41.77.71
RGB: 0.50.33
HEX: #003221
Point Loma Gold Dark PMS 4505c
PMS: 4505c
CMYK: 38.40.87.10
RGB: 155.133.66
HEX: #9B8542
Point Loma Gold Light PMS 4515c
PMS: 4515c
CMYK: 30.31.69.2
RGB: 181.162.104
HEX: #B6A269
Point Loma Warm Gray Dark PMS Warm Gray 11c
PMS: Warm Gray 11c
CMYK: 52.53.59.24
RGB: 112.98.89
HEX: #706259
Point Loma Warm Gray Light PMS Warm Gray 7c
PMS: Warm Gray 7c
CMYK: 42.41.45.4
RGB: 151.139.130
HEX: #978B82
Point Loma Warm Gray Light Reverse PMS Warm Gray 4c
PMS: Warm Gray 4c
CMYK: 30.28.32.0
RGB: 182.173.165
HEX: #B6ADA5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point Loma Tan PMS 7534c
PMS:7534c
CMYK: 19.16.26.0
RGB: 208.202.185
HEX: #D0CAB9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accent Color Palette

The Accent Color Palette includes two colors that have very specific expressive usage within the PLNU brand:

Point Loma Ocean Teal PMS 7474c
PMS: 7474c
CMYK: 77.26.46.3
RGB: 47.143.141
HEX: #2F8F8D
Point Loma Sunset Gold PMS 123c
PMS: 123c
CMYK: 0.23.91.0
RGB: 255.198.39
HEX: #FFC627

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Teal is used to bring a touch of vibrance to details within the branded look and feel. Use it in small amounts to direct the eye and create visual texture contrasted against the classics and neutrals. 

Sunset Gold (shared with the PLNU Athletics Sub-Brand) is a "high-intensity" color that can be used in varying degrees depending on dominance. It is geared toward younger-audience-focused communications such as prospective students and undergraduates, etc.

Sub-Branded Logos

Level B: Core with Department Distinction

Sub-branding example Level B

Level C: Core with Guided Distinction

Sub-branding example Level C

Premade Lockups

To access and download available premade logo lockups, click here. If you do not see what you need in our available lockups, please submit a request via email to MCSprojects@pointloma.edu.

Typography

Design Fonts

Unica One, Avenir, Cambria, and Open Sans are the system fonts for PLNU and should be used whenever possible.

Unica One is a modern typeface that has the ability to express a more sophisticated or high-intensity tone depending on whether ALL CAPS or lowercase is used (Note: The "T" is always used in upper case as it impedes legibility in lowercase usage). When paired with Avenir (in ALL CAPS), it can create a distinctive yet flexible intersection of size variation, movement, and expressive personality within a branded communication. 

 

Unica One and Avenir fonts

Cambria is an approachable serif that provides a slightly more traditional tone to communicate the prestige that PLNU has to own. Use in a support capacity only. 

Cambria font family

Open Sans is a clean and friendly sans serif that is highly legible and accessible for all body copy.

Open Sans font family

Electronic Fonts

These fonts have been selected for day-to-day use and should be used in programs such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Arial and Palatino have been selected as the electronic fonts and are available for use on all computers. These fonts are to be used in place of the design fonts in order to maintain appearance across multiple computers and users.

Arial and Palatino font families

Web Fonts

A "Web Font" is a font that was specifically designed for on-screen use for optimum legibility. Unica One, Cambria, and Open Sans (while design fonts as well) are approved and available for use in our website and email programs. NOTE: Verdana is an approved default font to use in place of Open Sans when technical constraints apply.

Unica One, Cambria, and Open Sans font families

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