Type

We use three typefaces in BYU identity marks: Ringside, Vitesse, and Requiem.
Ringside Narrow
  • Used in the visual identities for academic entities and many support services.
  • Used in a university wordmark and in menus and footers of the university web theme; also used in the auxiliary and athletic stationery.
Vitesse
  • Used in the university’s athletic wordmarks.
  • Used in the visual identities for some athletic teams and nonathletic support services.
Requiem
  • Used in the medallion and in institutional stationery.
  • Other usage should be limited to official, formal circumstances.
  • Due to its delicate letterforms, Requiem is not recommended for small online usage.

Usage

In Logos

Wordmarks for BYU or any of its entities should be used as images. Graphic designers use the typefaces above to create the wordmarks, and then they provide the wordmarks to you as images. Displaying wordmarks as images instead of in type ensures that the marks are displayed accurately.

Online

The BYU web theme uses Ringside Narrow in its menus and the footer. When you use the theme as prescribed, you can also use Ringside Narrow elsewhere on your website—in headings, body copy, etc. (see Web Typography).

Other

Other than in logos and online, you are not required to use these typefaces. Any good typeface is acceptable for display type, headings, body text, etc.

Purchase

If you wish to use these typefaces, you may purchase a single-user license for $25 per typeface through Publications & Graphics.

Typography Dos and Don’ts

  • DO NOT use a lot of different typefaces in one communication piece.
  • DO select a couple of complementary typefaces or type treatments for specific purposes (headings, body text, pull quotes, etc.), and use them consistently.
  • DO NOT render text too small to be read easily. For print items, body text should generally be about 9 or 10 points or larger, depending on the typeface; for online usage, body text should be about 16 points or larger.
  • DO avoid busy backgrounds, especially for body text. Busy backgrounds make text hard to read.
  • DO NOT use a lot of different colors for text in one document; use a few selected colors for specific purposes.
  • DO ensure there is sufficient contrast between the text color and the background color.
  • DO use size, weight, capitalization, and color to help create hierarchy and emphasis with type. But be careful not to overdo it with too many variations.
  • DO NOT use a lot of type characteristics to make something stand out even more. Bold plus italics plus all caps plus green plus underline is overkill. One or two characteristics is usually sufficient (e.g. bold plus all caps or italics plus color).