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Using consistent and limited typefaces helps create continuity in all university publications.

While many typefaces (fonts) may be used for artistic design elements, the following fonts are recommended for primary identification of the university:

Proxima Nova

Proxima Nova was chosen for the website and collateral materials because of its modern appearance. Infographics and text icons for the website should be created in this font. The Proxima Nova family of fonts is approved for all uses and should be used for headlines, charts, captions, etc.

Mark Simonson, the creater, has this to say. "Proxima Nova (2005) bridges the gap between typefaces like Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk. The result is a hybrid that combines modern proportions with a geometric appearance. I originally released it in 1994 as Proxima Sans (now discontinued). I expanded the original six fonts (three weights with italics) into a full-featured and versatile family of 48 fonts (eight weights in three widths with italics). In the last few years, Proxima Nova has become one of the most popular web fonts, in use on thousands of websites around the world."

Open Sans

While Proxima Nova is the preferred, it is a premium font. Open Sans is an approved alternative. Open Sans can be downloaded for free from Google Fonts.

Open Sans is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp. This version contains the complete 897 character set, which includes the standard ISO Latin 1, Latin CE, Greek and Cyrillic character sets. Open Sans was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimized for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.

Sans serif typeface samples for Proxima Nova and Open Sans

Serif fonts

Gennerally considered outdated, serif fonts can be used for large bodies of text. Approved serif fonts include Faustina or Garamond. Use the italic and especially the bold versions sparingly where style rules dictate the use or for emphasis. Do not use all caps when using a serif font. 

Serif typeface sample for Faustina
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