Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Loyola Law School adopting LMU's identity?

    In short, the two brands are stronger together. The university's 2019 visual identity redesign unifies the logos, typefaces and color palettes across LMU's colleges, programs and other sub-brands, including LLS. A consistently applied visual identity is key to achieving the university’s goals to increase name recognition, visibility and academic reputation.

    Over time, LLS and LMU have developed separate visual identities, and the relationship between the two organizations is not always obvious. Now, with a unified identity, LLS and LMU can mutually benefit from the other's visibility efforts, as marketing campaigns more clearly raise awareness for all campuses. LLS also benefits from cost-saving on branded materials and an improved ability to engage in the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of our collaborative work.



  • Has the law school changed its name?

    This process is about the LMU and LLS visual identity and not a formal name change. For clarity in text, especially absent a visual element, LLS will be known as LMU Loyola Law School on first reference and Loyola Law School on subsequent references.

  • What is happening to the law school seal?

    LMU and Loyola Law School share the same academic seal in the new visual identity system. The university seal, known as our ceremonial mark, is elevated for ceremonial purposes only. Sample applications include diplomas, academic regalia, honorary degrees and communication at the highest levels of the university.

    The law school seal, essentially a reproduction of the retired LMU seal, is being phased out.

    The Loyola Law School primary mark is the shield, the mark that extracts from the full seal. The vast majority of logo applications — from the university business package to primary signage on buildings and vehicles to email signatures —feature this mark.



  • I am confused about which logo I should use. What is the best option?

    The LMU visual identity system for the Law School contains graphic marks, wordmarks and combinations that form lock-ups. Add in the university color palette and the logo options expand even further.

    In most cases, the best choice is the LLS primary logo. It is the most prominent mark in our visual system and the one that will most quickly and clearly identify us to audiences we are trying to attract. Secondary lock-ups are available for departments.

  • Can the law school use the spirit mark?

    Yes! The most innovative aspect of the LMU identity system, the spirit mark, was inspired by the 500-year-old Jesuit seal. It is designed as a fully integrated visual element in the identity system. It is an ownable and differentiating icon that is unique to LMU.

    Spirit marks are often adopted by sports fans, students, and alumni/student organizations to inspire pride and loyalty in non-academic contexts. The spirit mark is used in less-formal applications with the goal of building and encouraging school spirit. The spirit mark is also a secondary logo for LMU Athletics programs.

    The spirit mark and spirit mark lock-ups are available by request for use in accordance with our graphic standards.

    If you have more questions about logo choices and which option is best for your project, contact Marketing & Communications.



  • Can the law school use the Athletics mark?

    In most cases, no. The Athletics mark is for use only by LMU Athletics – a rule that applies university-wide.

  • The logo lock-up I want to use is not available for download on the website. How can I get it?

    A small number of logos are initially available for download to encourage widespread use of the same core visuals. Over time, we will build equity in the elements of our identity system. We will be able to utilize varied arrangements of those elements and still clearly communicate our brand.

    Sometimes, a different logo lock-up arrangement is needed for a constraining application, such as pen imprint or a name tag. Marketing & Communications is your partner in navigating other options and getting you the file type you need.

    However, it is never okay to assemble a unique logo lock-up using pieces of different available files. This practice fractures our visual system, causes audience confusion and ultimately deteriorates our brand.

    If you don’t see the logo you’re looking for, ask for help.

  • How do I get a logo lock-up with the name of my department or program?

    One of the most functional and important features of the LMU visual identity at LLS is its brand architecture system. The brand architecture is a prescription for how every LMU organization, department, program, center and affinity group locks up with our core visual identity.

    Many department logo lock-ups have already been developed. Contact Marketing & Communications to access or request your lock-ups.

    Production has begun on these elements, but we expect an initial high demand for custom social media profile images. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery from the time you submit your request.

  • How do I get a custom social media profile image for my department or program?

    The LMU social media system is designed to be cohesive while still providing user flexibility and visual variety at the Law School. Social media brand standards provide tools and guidance for establishing profile graphics to ensure LMU brand consistency across the university’s accounts on the most critical platforms and channels. 

    Customized social media profile images for our organizations, departments and programs are created to spec by Marketing and Communications by request. Production has begun on these elements, but we expect an initial high demand for custom social media profile images. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery from the time you submit your request.

    Read more about newly branded social media tools.

     

  • I used the old seal on many of my communications. What should I use now that it's no longer available?

    The former university seal was used most often in academic communications. Certificates, trophies and plaques, event invitations, signage and other academic-related announcements were common applications.

    In the new identity system, the best replacement for these uses is the Law School logo lock-up. Building from the shield mark extracted from the university seal (our ceremonial mark) and combining university wordmarks, the primary lock-ups retain all of our most mission-critical messaging.

    If you have a request not addressed, please contact Marketing & Communications.

  • Can I use the shield mark by itself?

    No, the shield may not be used separately from its lock up with the university's name or acronym at this time. As we build awareness and recognition for LMU is this visual program, we are exercising care to identify with clarity the university with our graphic marks. In all applications, the Law School lock-up should be used.

  • When is it OK to use the spirit mark?

    The most innovative aspect of the LMU identity system, the spirit mark, was inspired by the 500-year-old Jesuit seal

    Spirit marks are often adopted by sports fans, students, and alumni/student organizations to inspire pride and loyalty in non-academic contexts. The LMU spirit mark is designed as a fully integrated visual element in the identity system. It is an ownable and differentiating icon that is unique to LMU.

    The spirit mark is used in less-formal applications with the goal of building and encouraging school spirit. It is used by student organizations and to promote LMU student programs. The spirit mark is also a secondary logo for LMU Athletics programs.

    The spirit mark and spirit mark lock-ups are available by request for use in accordance with our graphic standards.

    If you have more questions about logo choices and which option is best for your project, contact Marketing & Communications.

  • EPS vs. PNG? CMYK vs. PMS? What logo file type is best for my project?

    Logo downloads are available in a few file types to meet your needs.

    Use the PMS version of the logo when professionally-printing in spot colors.

    • LMU Crimson: PMS 207
    • LMU Blue: PMS 2185
    • LMU Black: PMS 6

    Use the CMYK-color version of the logo in four-color litho and digital printing.

    • LMU Blue: C100 M38 Y17 K2
    • LMU Crimson: C22 M100 Y84 K15
    • LMU Black: C60 M60 Y40 K100

    Use the PNG file of the RGB-color version of the logo for general office use—memos, flyers, meeting agendas, and other digital communications. PNG files are cross-platform and Microsoft Office compatible.

  • Do I need to purchase the Metric or Lyon university typefaces?

    The LMU typography palette brings consistency and design sophistication to all university communications. Three typefaces — the sans serif Metric and the serifs Lyon and Lyon Display — combine to address layout applications, from the wordmarks in the visual identity system to the vast array of print and digital publications the university produces.

    You do not need to have Metric or Lyon installed on your computer to make full use of the visual identity system. All logo lock-ups are saved as outlined art files, eliminating the need for typefaces to render them.

    There are some digital templates, such as electronic letterhead and PowerPoint presentations, with text customization options that require a typeface local to your computer. In those cases, there are template file alternatives that utilize LMU-equivalent typefaces. The equivalent typefaces for LMU’s typography palette are Arial in place of Metric and Georgia in place of Lyon and Lyon Display. Arial and Georgia are known as system fonts, and they are common among all computer users, whether you use a Mac or a PC.

    Arial and Georgia are also the recommended typefaces for letters on university stationery, and all other locally produced office communications.

  • How do I get new letterhead and business cards?

    The Law School business package, completely redesigned in the new visual identity, features more than a dozen options for your communications needs, from business cards and letterhead to several envelope choices to notepads and routing slips.

    Orders are placed and fulfilled through LLS Graphics. Business cards may be ordered through the LLS Business Card Order Form.

  • How long does it take to get business cards and stationery?

    There is a lot of internal excitement and interest in the new print stationery system, and we expect a very high volume of orders now that it is available. Expect to have to wait longer than usual to receive fulfilled orders.

  • How long can I use my old stationery before I have to buy a new set?

    Print stationery supplies should be be restored as they run out and as budgets allow for replacement, with the goal of printing new stationery items by the fall 2019 semester.

    Visual identities at universities and other sizable organizations take years to fully complete. The university community is encouraged to exercise good judgment in replacing print materials, prioritizing pieces that reach external audiences.

  • Is the new print stationery more expensive?

    For the most part, business package print costs have not risen in the new visual identity system. The one exception is the business car when utilizing a reverse-side option. The business card template is available with three back-side options: blank, Law School mission or spirit mark. The cost to print the two-sided cards is higher.

    Single-sided, two-color business cards cost about $60 to print a quantity of 100, so the additional expense of the back-side design is overall nominal. All the same, the back side of the business card is optional. If your budget is constrained, you may opt out of printing the second side and you will experience no stationery cost increase in the new system.

  • Are there new design templates for brochures, invitations, posters, flyers and other print materials?

    The suite of Law School print publication templates is already being updated to reflect the new visual identity system. The new layouts will utilize the visual marks and lock-ups as well as the new color and typography palettes.

    In the meantime, we will continue to replace logos and colors in our materials as the need for new print initiatives arise. If you have questions about initiating a print project in the new visual identity, contact Marketing and Communications.

  • I have always used a special logo I had designed for my program. Can I keep using it?

    Logos and identities are typically the first experience our audiences have with us. They need to communicate very quickly who we are and what we stand for. They need to be memorable so that over time, they help create a direct, positive association with LMU. Visual identities accomplish these important objectives much more effectively when organizations use them consistently.

    Historically, a handful of our programs and initiatives have sought visually distinct logos and identities, in part to meet needs not addressed fully in the previous identity. This practice describes an “old” LMU. The LMU brand initiative is all about us coming together as a university and projecting a clear and consistent message as we work to raise overall reputational awareness. With the launch of our new visual identity system, all university sub-brands will fold into a comprehensive brand architecture, and every school, college, program, center, functional unit and initiative will lock into it. The architecture will help us break through a crowded higher ed landscape and send a strong, powerful, lasting message that lifts the entire university.

    We are a diverse community of people, programs, initiatives, stories and needs. Opportunities for internal marketing differentiation will be explored and revealed in messaging tactics as well as the powerful photography and images with which we associate. 

  • What is the process for changing items like permanent signage, furniture, carts, vehicles, receptacles, and uniforms?

    In 2018, LMU convened a Visual Identity Implementation Committee to inventory, assess and prioritize logo transition projects. Representative of all areas of campus, the committee is the first point of contact for all significant projects. Read about the Visual Identity Implementation Committee, its charge and its membership.

    LMU is a large organization with three campuses and our old logos are everywhere. Fully transitioning to the new system will take time and priority will be given to projects that address areas where the university faces external audiences. The Visual Identity Implementation Committee was assembled to ensure LMU addresses change in a coordinated and logical way.

    You can help by identifying necessary logo upgrades on our campuses and sharing them with the committee member assigned to your area. To facilitate a comprehensive process, all contracts related to signage, environmental graphics, interior decor, vehicles, custom furniture and other identity upgrades that are submitted to the Office of Risk Management will be diverted to the committee.

  • Why did LMU redesign its visual identity?

    In 2017, LMU launched a comprehensive brand initiative, completing the largest market research and perceptions study in university history and crafting a brand platform to position us in a competitive higher education marketplace.

    At the culmination of this phase of the brand initiative, it became clear that the current LMU visual identity system, launched in 2003, would not meet the needs of our future brand aspirations. In addition to appearing dated and worn, it did not function in today’s communications landscape that is dominated by small screens and digital applications. The 2003 identity also lacked cohesion, with several disjointed elements, including the university seal and important sub-brands such as Athletics and Loyola Law School.

  • What was the process for developing the LMU visual identity?

    Marketing and Communications set out on a visual identity redesign initiative in January 2018, hiring Pentagram, one of the world’s foremost and accomplished identity design firms. We spent months researching symbols, icons and images. We explored color and typography extensively. We delved into our history to glean insights into the ways the university has visually identified itself over more than a century.

    In August 2018, the identity project team presented a proposed, comprehensive new system to the university Cabinet at the Senior Leadership Retreat. With unanimous support, the Cabinet directed the team to introduce the proposed identity to the university community for feedback during the fall semester.

    Marketing and Communications presented the identity proposal to all key LMU audiences, stakeholders and constituencies, including academic, religious, staff, student and alumni leaders; faculty chairs; coaches; boards and councils; and the community of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Feedback was also collected through an online survey during the October 2018.

  • What did you do with all the community feedback?

    LMU Marketing and Communications collected, cataloged and tracked feedback throughout the fall semester. Feedback submitted online through the survey mechanism was tabulated and reviewed daily. Comments posted in social media — including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ProBoards and others — were also reviewed daily. Loyolan coverage, both in print and online, was examined. The community gave more input and comments in person at presentations, open forums and meetings. Even direct emails, phone calls, texts and person-to-person conversations were captured. The goal was to collect as much data as possible to ensure everyone’s voice was heard.

    The logo project team entered a refinement phase with Pentagram based on common concerns raised in the feedback period. Every survey and comment was read and taken into consideration. A feedback report and suggested refinements were presented to the Cabinet in November and the Cabinet voted unanimously to move forward with the visual identity.