Brand Tool Kit
Our Brand Promise
The true value of higher education is found at Murray State University. This is where students receive endless opportunities to pursue their dreams - and where faculty and staff go above and beyond to make sure those opportunities are afforded. These stories happen every day through a high-quality education that provides experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability for students to secure a lifetime of success. That's Opportunity Afforded.
Why New Branding?
We conducted and reviewed significant market research — including institutional data, a competitive analysis, email surveys and focus groups — which provided insight into where we stand in the college/university marketplace and in the hearts and minds of alumni, students, parents, community members, faculty and staff.
The Key Takeaway
A common theme was “small atmosphere, big offerings.” Students and parents love that the University is small enough to boast a friendly, safe campus community but big enough to provide outstanding facilities. Because of these qualities, Murray State is a unique environment in which students are afforded more opportunities.
The University Voice
To convey the opportunity-centric message, the tone of voice for all University content should feel confident, aspirational, encouraging, friendly and supportive.
The webpage you’re currently reading is a great example, as is this University ad:
Any marketing materials representing the University, from brochures to web pages to press releases, should follow Associated Press style for grammar. We encourage you to save the following style guide and/or hang it up at your desk for easy reference. Not only will it make great office décor, it will also help ensure consistent grammar usage across the University.
For more tips on AP style, Purdue OWL and Grammar Girl are great resources. If you have further questions, please contact Karen Muehlbauer in the office of branding, marketing and communication at email@example.com.
Important note: Please use the official names of University colleges, buildings and scholarships, and check your spelling. Examples include the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center and Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The Symbol of the University
The new Murray State University logo presents a modern take on the traditional shield. The updated version reflects our rich history while focusing on providing an Opportunity Afforded for everyone.
To ensure consistent University branding across all colleges and departments, please join us in bidding the old logos adieu. Moving forward, use only the new logo variations and follow these guidelines:
Download all logos. Download includes JPG files for print usage and transparent PNG files for digital/web usage.
These are the tried-and-true blue and gold colors we all know and love:
CMYK: 100, 51, 0, 73
RGB: 0, 33, 68
CMYK: 0, 27, 100, 7
RGB: 236, 172, 0
These are new secondary colors that should be used very sparingly:
- Light Blue
CMYK: 100, 50, 0, 26
RGB: 0, 94, 189
CMYK: 0, 73, 100, 0
RGB: 255, 69, 0
The University’s Typeface
If you have questions about using these fonts on University computers, contact the Service Desk at 270-809-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s Image
Photography plays a huge role in bringing a branding message to life. Our photos help tell the Opportunity Afforded story by focusing on real campus experiences. Using a contemporary style, we’re capturing candid moments and the academic opportunities our students are being afforded.
For copyright information or to schedule a photographer, please contact the office of branding, marketing and communication at email@example.com
Create presentations and press releases that represent the University brand by starting with these pre-designed templates.
Find examples and pricing for business cards, letterhead, invitations and more under Print Pricing.
The office of Branding, Marketing and Communication encourages you to tell us about upcoming events, news and accomplishments. Email information (with photos, if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensure your emails match the new Murray State branding by updating your signature to look like this:
- Download the Murray State logo.
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your RacerMail inbox.
- Choose the “Settings” link.
- In the “Signature” section, click the “Insert Image” icon to upload the new Murray State logo.
- Reference the design above to update your information as needed.
- Make sure the signature box is selected and “no signature” is deselected.
- Scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes” before navigating back to your inbox.
Please note, departmental email accounts may not upload images.
NOTE: SOCIAL MEDIA ADMINS CAN DOWNLOAD NECESSARY ITEMS ON DROPBOX.