MIT allows the following three options for branding your department or group in conjunction with the MIT brand. The options allow you to position your organization at different “distances” from the MIT brand. They range from having the MIT brand lead the way, to your organization being at the forefront—with MIT in a supporting role. You may use whichever option best meets your needs.
Because the strongest brand on campus is the MIT brand itself, MIT requires that any new identity projects adhere to one of these options and that existing identities be modified. Because of the range of options, only a small adjustment may be needed in many cases.
Contact Communications Initiatives if you’d like advice on which option would be the best fit for your goals, or if you have any questions about how to make your existing identity fit with one of these options.
With master branding, the MIT brand is the brand of your organization—and all that the MIT brand stands for immediately connects to your organization. To keep the connection to MIT recognizable and strong, there is one approved type family and a limited color palette with this option. We will create your logo for you at no charge and provide you with the appropriate files for print, web, and social media. Please note: This logo must be created by Communications Initiatives to ensure that it's built correctly; do not attempt it on your own.
With equal focus branding, your organization and MIT are presented in parallel—equally valuable—and the MIT logo and your department’s identity are visually balanced. We can properly position the MIT logo relative to your logo at no charge and provide you with the appropriate files for print, web, and social media. Please note: This combined logo must be built by Communications Initiatives to ensure that it's configured correctly; we can also provide our template to approved graphic designers.
Organization focus branding is appropriate when you want the brand of your department or group to take precedence. The MIT logo needs to appear within the same visual field as your department’s identity, but your identity leads. Often, “MIT” will be part of the organization name. Again, we can help your group configure this branding relationship.