University of Iowa

Brand bar

All official university web pages—including college, departmental, and unit pages—are required to use the official branding bar, which links back to and includes the logo in gold on black, a site search, and space for one or two optional links. The brand bar is 40px high and has been developed with responsive styling. It is implemented on this site.

Logo lockups should not appear in the header of a website. Unit names should be included in on-page content. It is acceptable to use a unit-level logo lockup in the footer of a website.


For Drupal-based websites, a module is available that will place the branding bar on your site with no need to input code manually. More information about this module can be found on the Github README.

Other sites/applications

A Github repo is available with assets and instructions on how to implement the brand bar in web applications and non-Drupal sites.

Brand bar
Brand bar elements: the University of Iowa logo links to, one or two optional links, site search

PowerPoint templates

The following PowerPoint templates are available to all faculty, staff, and students. The templates include multiple page-layout options, such as title slide, bullet slides, divider slide, and closing slide. These templates incorporate elements that are key to the university’s brand and can be easily customized for your content.

PowerPoint template
PowerPoint template (download)

Institutional email signature

Use of an institutional signature in email correspondence, as in the examples below, reinforces your professional affiliation with the University of Iowa and provides consistency to audiences outside the organization. When creating an email signature, follow the recommended guidelines below.

Instructions for email signature setup in Outlook


  • Use your signature block just once in an email conversation—when composing new email or when first replying to an email.
  • Use a consistent text style: 100% black text set in Arial 10 point is recommended. Display your name in bold if desired.
  • The left-aligned logo configuration scales best in email signatures. Insert the logo at the bottom of your email signature.
  • Set alt text for the university logo by right clicking on the inserted logo and selecting “edit alt text.” Set the alt text to read “University of Iowa logo.” 
  • Affiliations with other University of Iowa groups and initiatives should be listed as plain text. Badges and unique graphics are not permitted.
  • Pronouns of reference should be listed on the same line as your name so the relationship to you as an individual is clear. Visit the Trans@Iowa website for more information about pronouns of reference.
  • Unit lockups should not be used in email signatures. Unit names should appear in plain text as part of your contact information.
  • Unit specific URLs can be listed as part of the address block. Do not position them below the University of Iowa logo. Use the “add a hyperlink” button and add the web address in the pop-up dialog box that opens. This will make the URL a live link in your email signature.
  • Inspirational or other quotations are not appropriate and better suited for personal emails.
  • Keep the order of your signature information (title, address, etc.) uniform with these recommendations so recipients can easily find contact details when communicating with multiple individuals across the organization. 
Institutional email signature example with URL
Institutional email signature with example unit URL
Institutional email signature with affiliation in plain text
Institutional email signature with affiliation in plain text
Institutional email signature with pronouns of reference
Institutional email signature with pronouns of reference

Digital signage

There are two services on campus for digital signage, Drupal (free solution) and AxisTV (paid solution). 

Drupal digital signage is a form a digital signage that utilizes a web page instead of software to display content on a screen. This service is free to campus. Contact the digital signage team at for more information.

AxisTV digital signage is a form of digital signage that utilizes software to manage the content playing on a sign. AxisTV is considered a full-fledged digital signage solution because it is a paid service. Contact the Enterprise Technologies Management team at for more information.


All videos should end with the bumper footage below. A styling guide for titles and on-screen text content is provided as an .eps template for reference. 

Video end with primary logo
Video end with primary logo (download)
Video end with single-line logo
Video end with single-line logo (download)
Video lower thirds guide
Lower thirds .eps guide (download)

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