Point Loma Nazarene University's primary logo, president's seal, and Sea Lion athletics logo are often the initial and most recognizable identifiers of the university brand, and therefore among its most important assets. Because of this, brand ambassadors are implored to ensure proper usage of PLNU's logos without altering them.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Incorrect uses of the PLNU logo are shown below. Incorrect usage rules apply to all logo formats in the logo system.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Color sets the tone for our look and feel and represents the brand in a strong and compelling way. Use the PMS versions of colors when professionally-printing in spot colors and use the CMYK colors for four-color litho and digital printing (check with your printer for the best options). Use the RGB and Hex colors for digital pieces.
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.
Accent Color Palette
The Accent Color Palette includes two colors that have very specific expressive usage within the PLNU brand:
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.
Within the PLNU brand, there are frequently sub-branded offerings that require varying levels of distinction within their logo that sets them apart from the Master Brand Identity. For this reason, a series of sub-branded templates were created to provide guidance for their creation to ensure brand integrity across all usage scenarios.
Level B: Core with Department Distinction
Level C: Core with Guided Distinction
Use consistent typefaces to provide a branded visual voice to all of our written words.
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.
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.
Open Sans is a clean and friendly sans serif that is highly legible and accessible for all body copy.
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.
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.