Detroit Mercy Brand and Logo
Following the Brand Standards Guide ensures clear and consistent communication of the University's identity. The guide states specific directions on the use of the University's official identity elements including logo, crest, typeface, school colors, etc. on printed materials and other special applications.
For answers to questions and resolutions of issues not covered by the Brand Standards Guide, please contact the Marketing & Public Affairs department at 313-993-1254.
University of Detroit Mercy has two primary logos/wordmarks (the logo and crest) to identify itself in public, on the Detroit Mercy website and in internal documents. Each has a specific policy governing print and electronic use. You can download logo image files. Any questions or requests/exceptions regarding Detroit Mercy's identification policies must be referred to the Department of Marketing & Public Affairs at 313-993-1254. For information related to Athletics logos, contact the Athletic Department.
Official Detroit Mercy Colors
The logo and crest must be printed in Pantone Matching System (PMS) 1945-red and 288-blue or black, according to the guidelines defined below. Some elements of the crest are printed in black, along with the blue and red. These graphics may not be printed in any other colors, nor in one PMS color without the other. On rare occasion, the crest and logo official colors may be "trapped" or printed using four-color process. Contact the Marketing & Public Affairs department on guidelines for trapping the colors. The logo and crest can also be printed with foil stamping.Use of the correct Detroit Mercy colors, in print and online, is critical to the success of our branding efforts. The table below provides specifications in most recognized color systems. If you have questions, please contact Marketing & Public Affairs at 313-993-1254.
Hexadecimal color (web) 002D72 A6093D FFFFFF RGB color (web) 0, 45, 114 166, 9, 61 255, 255, 255 Process color (CMYK)
C5/M100/Y55/K28 Spot color
(Pantone aka PMS)
PMS 288 PMS 1945 Black ink only (Grayscale) Solid black (K100) 60% black (K60)
In any approved use, the logo and crest may not be altered in any way, including colors, backgrounds, fonts, proportions, or existing elements of the design. The logo and crest should not be used with additional text or graphics to create a "new" logo, unless designated in the Brand Standards Guide or by the Department of Marketing & Public Affairs.
Questions and RequestsThe Detroit Mercy logo can be downloaded from this site in PNG or JPG format. It is also available in electronic format from the Detroit Mercy Marketing & Public Affairs department. The crest requires special permission for approved use. Questions about logo/crest policy should be directed to Marketing & Public Affairs at 313-993-1254.
Detroit Mercy logo
The Detroit Mercy logo is the University's official public identifier. In the majority of Detroit Mercy communications, the logo should be used to ensure consistency of the University's image. It is especially important to use the logo on materials that will be distributed or seen outside of the University, i.e. for marketing, recruitment and general information.
This is the logo showing official red and blue colors (numerical values listed above). The red may not be printed in any other red or in any other color other than black. The blue may not be printed in any other blue or in any other color other than black.
The logo may be printed in all black if only black or black and one other color are being used for the print job or if reproduction with the screened logo option will be poor, i.e. when printing on newsprint or photocopying. The logo may also be printed in white on a dark background in some instances.
Detroit Mercy Crest (Seal)
The Detroit Mercy crest is a unique and honored symbol of the institution's identity. It is not intended for use as a graphic or a design element, and it should not be used in publications or materials in which use of the Detroit Mercy logo is appropriate as the University identifier.
The Detroit Mercy crest is to be used only on official, institutional documents, such as transcripts and diplomas and on formal proclamations, certificates, invitations, etc., issued from the Office of the President or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Any other use of the crest is limited and should always be referred to the Marketing & Public Affairs department before publication.
The crest should not be used online, nor in combination with the Detroit Mercy logo.
Letterhead, envelopes and business cards
Official University of Detroit Mercy letterhead, envelopes and business cards should be used for all external communications. The University uses 24# Cougar Opaque paper stock for the letterhead with corresponding #10 business envelopes. Letterhead is printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and utilizes the Detroit Mercy logo and the official Detroit Mercy colors. Business cards are printed on Cougar Opaque 80# cover stock. To maintain consistent style and identity with letterhead and business cards, please order letterhead, etc. from Hatteras Printing through their online order form or call Marketing & Public Affairs for design specifics at 313-993-1254.
Detroit Mercy's brand background
University of Detroit Mercy has implemented a new brand identity with a new logo and brandline to help position itself for a robust future.
Research Study & Findings
The branding process began in fall 2015 when the University undertook an extensive brand research study that included surveys, interviews and focus group sessions with alumni and donors, prospective undergraduate students and current students, faculty and staff, and community leaders and employers.
Research questions focused on the University's reputation, its name and location, its Catholic identity and alumni engagement.
The research findings clearly showed that our stakeholders recognize University of Detroit Mercy for its academic excellence and reputation. Other positive attributes included the University's service to the community, students' access to real-world experience, its small class sizes and personal approach, and its Catholic identity. Concerns, however, were raised related to its location and safety as well as cost.
The University also learned that most stakeholders have a positive perception about its name. Many believe the name best represents the history and identity of the institution, especially its connection to Detroit. However, the many different ways stakeholders refer to the University presents an identity issue.
As a result of this research, the University remains even more committed to its name: University of Detroit Mercy. But on second reference, and as shorthand, the University will begin to refer to itself as Detroit Mercy instead of using acronyms that may not be easily recognized or accurately reflect its name. Detroit Mercy reflects pride in its city and its values, emphasizing its strong connection to Detroit and the city's revitalization.
In addition, the University will have a new logo with a more collegiate look that links to its long history.
To reflect the educational experience the University offers students and its role in the city's revitalization, the University will implement a more aspirational brandline: Build A Boundless Future. This phrase reflects the hopes and goals of our students and the important difference a Detroit Mercy education can make in helping them reach their goals.
Promoting the brand
The new identity will be prominent on new banners and fence scrims around the McNichols Campus and on billboards around metro Detroit. New recruitment materials will also convey the new brand identity. See a preview of various marketing materials.
Breaking down the new logo
The logo, inspired by the popular old English D used for a time by University of Detroit, immediately brings to mind a university. Its combination of the "D" in red and the "M" in blue, honors the traditions of both founding schools, while at the same time becoming something greater than its parts.
Instead of acronyms, the University will be referred to as "Detroit Mercy" on second reference. It's short, specific and memorable. It accentuates the ties between the University and the city and honors the consolidation between University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit. The law and dental schools will be referred to as Detroit Mercy Law and Detroit Mercy Dental, respectively.
The aspirational brandline is simple yet strong and easy to remember. The word "build" ties the University to Detroit's legacy as a city that builds things and hints at Detroit Mercy's important role in helping revitalize Detroit. Most importantly, it speaks to the hopes of current and future students, and points out the role of faculty and administration in giving students the tools they need to build a boundless future for themselves and the city of Detroit.