Many colleges and universities struggle with brand marks that were established decades ago. If your institution is looking to update, or even wholesale change your brand mark, there are a few time-honored rules to keep in mind as your team embarks on this sometimes overwhelming task. Make sure the person driving this effort considers the following, and that when brand marks are presented to you, you’re able to view them through a discerning lens and ensure they deliver on all of these principles.
Birthdays aren’t just about getting older. They’re a time to realize where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, and where we want to go. Not to mention, a time to celebrate. And, of course, higher education institutions have their own birthdays. From the 50-year semicentennials and 100-year centennials to the 125-year quasquicentennials and 150-year sesquicentennials, these milestone years […]
During a recent client campus visit, I had the opportunity to meet with the College’s advancement team. Just weeks before going public with their largest ever comprehensive campaign, the team was lamenting the untimely realization that the bulk of the College’s communications with its alumni were almost singularly focused on soliciting donations. Their concern, of course—an absolutely valid one—was that their alumni had grown fatigued, and maybe even disenchanted with their alma mater, feeling that all the College really cares about is the next donation.