Visual Standards

FAU's Visual Standards Manual provides the University community and designers with the visual standards to be used for all printed, web and retail items. Although the guide thoroughly explains usage guidelines for the University logo, the FAU Athletics logo and the University seal, it is necessary for designers to consult with University Communications (ext. 7-0096) prior to the start of design projects to determine the goal and concept of each project. All print and web page designs must be reviewed by Creative Services prior to their production to ensure adherence to the University's visual standards. Note: Due to differences in monitor color calibrations and printers, the colors you see in the PDF's below may not appear accurate. Please see the information on FAU identity colors in either guide for specifications.

An abridged version of the Visual Standards Manual, known as the Visual Standards Quick Guide , is also available and serves as a quick reference to the major guidelines for production of printed materials and web page design. This version of the manual provides readers with general visual standards, including specification of the University's colors, when certain logos can and cannot be used and where logos are available.

Visual Standards Quick Guide
(600 KB download)
Version 3.0 (updated 2/2013)

Visual Standards Manual  
(2.6 MB download)
Version 3.5 (updated 5/2018)

A number of specific topics are covered in addenda to the Visual Standards Manual and are listed below (please click link for pdf):

Addendum 1: Web Standards  (845KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 2: Promotional Items   (940KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 3: Retail Items  (1MB download, updated 9/2008)
Addendum 4: Print Advertisements  (1MB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 5: Centers and Programs  (188KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 6: The Honors College  (211KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 7: University Lapel Pin  (303KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 8: University Name Badge  (125KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 10: Vehicles  (174KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 11: Secondary Graphics  (173KB download, updated 2/2013 )
Addendum 12: Campaign Graphics
  (178KB download, updated 2/2013 )

All files are in the pdf file format; Acrobat Reader is necessary to view them.

 Last Modified 5/14/18