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FAQ

You can reach out to your marketing/communications representative or contact brand@rit.edu to ask any brand question you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

RIT is an outstanding university and is only going to move upward. Collectively, we can do a better job of sharing with the rest of the world what truly makes us better, different, and special. As part of our goal to improve the university’s national and global awareness of who we are, a consistent, clear, and compelling brand strategy and identity system was deemed essential. When everyone at RIT follows a unified storytelling approach, our message will carry farther and more quickly.
With a refined strategic plan and new leadership, a rebranding effort guides us with telling our evolved story to our key constituents. The timing of the revised mission/vision, along with our blended campaign launch, allows us to operate on a three-legged stool that aligns us internally and helps us operate from the same foundational elements. The refreshed brand narrative will help tell our story in an authentically RIT way while tapping into the larger RIT identity that will be immediately recognizable to a larger audience.
Yes! It started with a comprehensive brand survey that went out to nine audiences and 6,000 respondents—including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Additionally, there were on-campus immersion, presentation, and testing sessions. Some of the committees (new and existing) included: Brand Health Tracker Task Force, Brand Identity Task Force, Brand Identity Advisory Council, Design Subcommittee, Logo Subcommittee, Strategic Marketing and Branding Council, Student Government, Academic Senate, Staff Council, Alumni Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, etc. Through the creative process, including logo refinement, our design faculty from the College of Art and Design were heavily involved. The Division of Marketing and Communications put on ~75 “roadshows” (and counting) for different groups on campus.
Yes and no. We have RITchie that you can start using on materials and swag to promote spirit. If you look at its face, it’s a friendlier sibling of the athletics tiger. We call this our spirit mark. The spirit mark is a brand element that can be used to instill and promote pride and spirit with our constituents. Visit the identity guidelines for use and instructions.
RIT’s primary color is orange. White is also considered a primary color to ensure that we are mindful of the importance of constraint in our designs. Our secondary colors are black and gray. Note that there is a slight shift to the RIT orange. This is to solve for the issue of reproducing the same color on different types of printers. For Pantone use, please use 716C for coated stock and 158U for uncoated paper. CMYK mixes and other secondary and accent colors can be found in our color palette guidelines.
Brown is no longer a part of our color system. It is an important part of our heritage, and we didn’t take retiring the color lightly. Within our research and discussions, we found that the color was deemed outdated. There was a fundamental design issue: orange and brown do not go well together. In addition, our new color system ties nicely into the athletics brand bringing the university together visually.
The seals have been updated slightly to tie into the other changes with the master brand. The use of the official seal and the contemporary seal is restricted. Review our guidelines for more information on usage. To request approval for use of the RIT seal, please contact brand@rit.edu.
There will be ongoing discussions around capital projects that should reflect the new brand. We want to make sure that we are being mindful of resources when it comes to making major changes. For now, areas that are cost-prohibitive to change (e.g., Institute Hall) will retain the legacy RIT mark.
Our internal launch took launch on September 27, 2018. This means you will start seeing some changes on campus as well as with alumni populations this fall. We will go into the national market in January 2019 to coincide with the web redesign project.
It is not a tagline. It is a feeling, a calling of what RIT stands for.
In order to maintain a consistent image across the university, it is important to have everything produced on brand. This doesn’t just include physical and digital marketing items; every story and touchpoint should radiate from our core brand essence.
The new brand identity aligns itself closer to the RIT collegiate system. The colors are in the same family. We have also extended the athletics brand system to add a friendly tiger that may be used for spirit purposes such as swag and merchandise.
Just like with everything else, you can keep and use what you have. Items like regalia and such (that are brown) will stay on as legacy elements until new ones need to be ordered.
To order these materials, please contact The Hub, which adheres to the RIT brand guidelines.
Beginning January 2019 all materials printed will be using the new RIT logo. However, to maintain our sustainability efforts and to prevent waste, please do not discard of stationery or other materials that were developed with the previous brand elements. You may use what you have before ordering new stock with the updated logo(s).
Your area marketing/communications representative should be your first point of contact. If you don’t have one or they aren’t able to assist, please contact us.
Yes. We are all brand champions, and it is about weaving the brand into everything we say, do, and develop. Anything that represents the university needs to abide by these guidelines to ensure a consistent look and feel for RIT.
Yes. We offer a wide range of services from advertising to video production. You may work with your marketing/communications representative or reach out to us directly.

RIT Marketing and Communications has purchased licenses for approved staff. If you are a designer, you may be eligible to get a license for your machine. For questions in regards to font usage and how to apply for a license, please contact your marketing/communications representative or email brand@rit.edu.

Alternate fonts to use are Arial and Georgia, which are within the same family as the new fonts. These fonts can be found on most computers and are free.

RIT has a general photo library where approved images are stored. If you a need a photo that is not in this gallery, please email marketing@rit.edu.
Please review our identity guidelines for proper logo usage.

Every academic, administrative, or student organization is not required to submit their creative for approval. However, we encourage you to get in touch with your marketing/communications representative or send us a sample to make sure usage of the brand is appropriate—especially if the materials are going outside of the university.

First, if you have reams of paper, stacks of business cards and other items with current logo on them, please use them up before purchasing new pieces. Building names, permanent structures with your name (think etched glass) on them do not have to be changed.

By the end of January, please update logos on social media accounts (templates can be found in the toolkit section of this portal) and all printed materials with the new lock-ups provided to your marketing contact. In addition, if there is a need to order new materials, please ensure the new lock-up for your college, school, department, division or office is being utilized.

If you don’t have a marketing contact or have additional questions, please contact brand@rit.edu and we’d be happy to help.

Please contact your area marketing/communications representative or Kin Sejpal at kin.sejpal@rit.edu or x5-4643.

You can reach out to your marketing/communications representative or contact brand@rit.edu to ask any brand question you may have.

Please contact brand@rit.edu.