Visual Identity

This section contains guidance for using our logos, marks and colors. They represent Pitt to the outside world, helping to identify and unify our brand. Because our visual identity represents the University at the very highest level, it's vital to our brand. Use the decision tree from the Brand Guidelines to determine the best mark based on your use. 

Institutional and Spirit Marks

The institutional mark (shield and signature) is the preferred identity for the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt Logo


The Wordmark is an informal mark and may be used in place of the institutional mark in promotional materials. It is designed for audiences that are already familiar with the University, and internal or regional audiences.

Pitt wordmark


The Spirit mark is the official logo of Pitt Athletics teams and a registered mark of the University. Outside of Athletics, Script Pitt is used as a non-academic spirit mark.

See Appendix A of the Brand Guidelines for Script Pitt Logo Usage details.

Pitt spirit mark


Color Palettes

Our color palette is made up of three layers: primary, secondary and accent palette; multiple-color option. Communications should lean heavily on the primary palette, but may use the palettes to keep layouts from becoming too stale or one-dimensional.

Choosing the Right Mark

The Brand Guidelines include a decision tree that provides guidance on choosing the right mark. Any member of the University community can use the formal institutional mark.

Download the decision tree for more details. 

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