Logos

A strong visual identity contributes to our reputation, and in turn our ability to recruit outstanding faculty, students and staff; to engage alumni, and to attract external support. To better take advantage of this potential, the University offers a formal logo and is building a Signature Logo System that links our locations, academic divisions, and administrative offices with the Miami University brand—a strong asset that we all proudly share.

Minimal Standards

Miami University should be prominently identified on the front cover or panel of each publication with an official Miami mark as identified in this guide. As a general rule of thumb, the wordmark portion of the logo should be no smaller than 2" wide on a standard 4" x 9" brochure, and proportionally larger for bigger publications. The primary beveled-M logo can appear in combination with a department or unit name, or separately from it, depending on what best suits the design of the piece.

There should always be space equal to at least half the height of the M surrounding the logo in publications, and the center of the M should only ever appear white or red.

Seal

The university seal should only be used by the president's office for ceremonial or official documents, and on certain items of distinction. It should be used only in approved versions and should NOT be used in marketing or promotional material. University Communications and Marketing should be contacted for any projects using the seal to determine appropriate usage.


Determine Size and Space Requirements

When using any version of the Miami logo/signature with other elements, spatial integrity must be maintained. To accomplish this, create a border surrounding all parts of the signature to separate it from other elements, as well as the edge of the page. This border should always measure a minimum distance equal to 50% of the Miami mark.

Illustration of size and space requirement text.


The Miami mark should never appear smaller than 1/2 inch across on a standard 4"x9" brochure, and should be more prominent in publications of larger size. The Miami mark without the words "Miami University" or "Miami" should never appear smaller than 3/8 inch across. The word "University" in the Miami wordmark should never appear smaller than 1 1/2 inches.

Illustration of size and space requirement text.

Images are not to scale.


Logos and Marks

The University Mark: The Beveled-M

The Miami University mark is what is known as a beveled-M. Typically depicted in red with a black border and white outline to set it apart, Miami's "M" is its most recognized symbol on campus and beyond. At all times, the center portion of the beveled-M mark must be either red or white. For on-campus/local use, and certain retail, event, and student applications, it can be used alone.

Red Beveled-M with black and white border on a red background.
Full color M with white outline.

White Beveled-M with a black and white border on a black background.
White M with white fill.

Red Beveled-M with a white border on a black background.
Two color M with red fill.

Red Beveled M with a white border on a red background.
White M with no fill. For use on red background only.

Primary Signatures

The mark and the logotype shown are combined to be the formal institutional signatures in flush-left, centered, and stacked versions. The signature with the beveled-M to the left of the words Miami University is the preferred version when possible. The centered and stacked versions are provided for more vertical formats.

The full, formal version of the Miami University logo is preferred for publications and sites to convey the historical prestige and location of the university.

Beveled M aligned left of stacked Miami University wordmark.

Beveled M aligned left of stacked Miami University wordmark with founding date and campus designation.

Beveled M on top of Miami University wordmark.

Beveled M on top of Miami University wordmark with founding date and campus designation.

Beveled M on top of Miami University stacked wordmark.

Beveled M on top of Miami University stacked wordmark with founding date and campus designation.

Wordmark

The Miami University wordmark is a unique typographic treatment of the University name. Do not attempt to recreate the wordmark or any part thereof through typesetting. There is no comparable font available and spacing letters correctly is difficult.

The wordmark should be combined with the Miami beveled-M in most instances; the elements can be separated or the wordmark can appear alone in complex or busy designs. The preferred use for external audiences is with the date.

Miami University wordmark stacked left justified.

Miami University wordmark stacked left justified with founding date and campus designation.

Beveled M on top of stacked Miami University.

Beveled M on top of stacked Miami University with founding date and campus designation.

Miami University wordmark stacked center aligned.

Miami University wordmark stacked center aligned with founding date and campus designation.

Informal Signatures

By abbreviating the institutional name, the informal signature offers more flexibility in application while reinforcing the identity established in the formal signatures.

This option should only be used on campus when the word “university” is already assumed (for example, campus signage and vehicles) or as outlined/approved for uniforms and/or retail purposes.

White Beveled-M with black border on top of Miami wordmark.

Red Beveled-M with black and white border on top of Miami wordmark on a black background.

White Beveled-M with black border on top of Miami wordmark.

White Beveled-M with black and white border on top of Miami wordmark on a black background.

White Beveled-M with red border on top of Miami wordmark.

Red Beveled-M with white border on top of Miami wordmark on a red background.

Academic Divisions & Departments

The version with the beveled-M on the left is preferred. Academic division name can be separated from the logo on a publication, but must appear in Bembo Small Caps font to show its connection to the university.

Departmental names can be included beneath the division name with the use of the font Bembo Medium Italics. Departmental names are not required, and can be separated from the logo.

Please contact UCM to request a departmental or divisional logo.

Beveled-M aligned left of Miami University wordmark stacked on College of Creative Arts text.

Beveled-M aligned left of Miami University wordmark stacked on College of Engineering and Applied Science text above Chemical and Paper Engineering department text in italics.

Beveled M on top of stacked Miami University wordmark with College of Education, Health and Society text below.

Beveled-M aligned left of Miami University wordmark stacked on Scripps Gerontology Center text above An Ohio Center of Excellence text in italics.

Beveled M on top of Miami University wordmark with Farmer School of Business text below.

Beveled M on top of Miami University wordmark with Farmer School of Business text below on a black background.

Downloads

Formal Signature, Left Aligned

Left Aligned Logo

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FSL_186K.pdf (73KB)

Pre-sized for your Email Signature:
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Formal Signature Extended, Left Aligned

Left Aligned Logo Extended

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Pre-sized for your Email Signature:
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Spirit Mark or Beveled M

Spirit Mark, the beveled M

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Pre-sized for your Email Signature:
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