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Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > Branding Style Guide
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:44:00 GMT
Space: Apache OpenOffice Community (
Page: Branding Style Guide (

Edited by Graham Lauder:

h2. {color:#0e85cd}Introduction{color}

This style guide is loosely based on the original OOo style guide produced by Bernhard Dippold
and Steven Shelton back in 2005, with added elements from the Visual Design pages of the UI
project, updated to reflect our being part of the ASF community.

This guide is produced for a number of reasons, but the main one is to achieve a consistent
look to present to the world across all media, whether print or electronic.
The aim is to achieve a high level of brand recognition with a brand that reflects the values
and strengths of the project and product.  This is achieved by ubiquity, consistency,
uniqueness, quality and recognisability

The challenge faced by the Community is to achieve quality and consistency when pieces are
being produced by volunteer artists, most often working alone . Not only are there issues
in matching fonts, text styles, and other elements of design, but there are also technical
issues surrounding different colour standards for different media.

For this reason this Style Manual will be here to assist artists in creating promotional pieces
that will have a unified look and feel, as well as render and print consistently.  Each change
in version and style would require the manual to be up dated, so specific pages will be added
for each new release and completed in a timely manner well before feature freeze that allows
any new style elements to be integrated into the release and so any style updates will speak
to marketing materials for that release.

h2. {color:#0e85cd}Pallet{color}

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Short Term Pallet for 3.4 release{color}

Pallet is yet to be defined, however for the first ApacheOO release, consensus is that retention
of the latest Oracle OOo colour pallet is the best course.

[OOo3 Visual design|] covers most
of the colour elements.

|| colour || RGB \\ || CMYK \\ || Hex \\ || Pantone \\ ||
| !0E85CD.png|border=1! | 14 133 205 \\ | 93 35  0 20 \\ | 0E85CD \\ | |
| !87C2E6.png|border=1! | 135 194 230 \\ | 41 16  0 10 \\ | 87C2E6 \\ | |
| !CFE7F5.png|border=1! | 207 231 245 | 16   6  0  4 \\ | CFE7F5
| |
| !ECF5FB.png|border=1! | 236 245 251 \\ | 6   2  0  2
\\ | ECF5FB | |
| White | 255 255 255 \\ | 0  0  0  0 \\ | FFFFFF | |
| Black | 0   0   0 \\ | 0   0   0 100
\\ | 000000 | |


The above are usage cases, desirable and undesirable within the range of the pallet.

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Future Pallet{color}

For ApacheOO 4.0 (If we retain the present version sequencing) there will need to be a new
Pallet drafted to give the brand a new lift.  Historically the pallet has changed through
various shades of blue from the beginning of the OOo project with each new release bugs have
come and gone and new design elements introduced.  There is no reason that the 4.0 release
should not have a entirely new brand, new bugs, new style, to signal a new beginning.

h2. {color:#0e85cd}Logo{color}

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Logo Usage{color}

{color:#000000}It is recommended to use the logo without modifying it, although you will probably
have to scale it down to the appropriate size. Remember the proportionality of the logo when
you rescale it and use the appropriate logo for your purpose (with or without the version
designation) as previously discussed.  Any modifications to fit a specific use case that has
not been anticipated should be discussed on the marketing list{color}

{color:#000000}Please bear in mind that the logo is a complete package: all of the elements
are essential.{color}

{color:#000000}h3.{color} {color:#000000}Modifications/Additions to the Logo{color}

{color:#000000}Modifications of the logo are discouraged as being in conflict with the basic
purpose of having a logo: to reinforce a recognizable, memorable “brand.” Except under
very special circumstances, the logo should not be modified to display with different fonts,
colours, or elements than those currently included in the adopted version.{color}

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Bugs{color}

{color:#0e85cd}{*}The bird or "Seagull"*{color} {color:#000000}element of the
logo may be used as a “bug” (design element to be incorporated into background images,
icons, bullets, etc.){color} !gulls3.png|align=right,border=1!
{color:#000000}in either black, gray, or RGB 14:133:205 (or its CMYK or Pantone variants).
It should not be used in any other colour except when referring to a specific component of
the suite, in which case it should be rendered in the colour that matches the icons of that
component. (For instance, the “Impress” bird bug could be rendered in RGB as R249, G101,
B1; “Calc” as R157, G201, B21; and so on. See the section on “colour Usage” for more
details.) However, the complete logo should be included somewhere within the piece.{color}

{color:#0e85cd}*“wire gulls” or “wireframe gulls”*{color} {color:#000000}have been
used in the background of the splash screen from 2.{color} !wire gulls.png|align=right,border=1!
{color:#000000}This design is available from{color} {color:#000000}[here|]{color}{color:#000000} 
in both raster and vector formats. While the wire gulls are not part of the official logo
and should not be used as a “bug”, they do make an attractive background for both print
and web pieces. Artists are encouraged to use the wire gulls in this manner. The wire gulls
may be cropped and scaled (and will likely have to be cropped or scaled in most usage), but
as with the logo, any resizing should be proportional (if the wire gulls are
scaled to 45% horizontally, they should be scaled to 45% vertically). General colour usage
guidelines apply: under most circumstances, the wire gulls will probably be rendered in black
or RGB 14:133:205 (or its CMYK or Pantone variants and screened to approximately 30%, but
a different colour might be appropriate in some contexts (for instance, a piece promoting
a{color} {color:#000000}specific component).{color}

{color:#000000}Be aware of rendering problems when printing the wire gulls: at 100% of its
normal size (704 x 546 pixels), the line width of the graphic’s smallest line is 0.01 pixel
and the thickest line is 1.0 pixel.  Scaling the graphic down significantly will make these
lines nearly impossible to print on a press or printer, and may cause the lines to be invisible
or “fuzzy” when displayed on a computer screen.{color} 

{color:#000000}Future bugs may come into common use as part of the new Apache OpenOffice branding,
however these must reflect the project and product and must be approved by the community before
they are added to the style guide.{color}

h2. {color:#0e85cd}Text{color}

{color:#000000}Because of the many different uses of text in promotional and marketing pieces
(ranging from full-featured brochures over simple web banners to Impress presentations), guidelines
for the use of styles in text are, for the most part, just those: guidelines. They are to
be considered when creating a design, but are nothing like canons that must be followed. Before
deviating from the guidelines, however, any artist working on an piece should
consider the following factors:{color}

* {color:#000000}How consistent with other Apache OpenOffice pieces the art will look;{color}
* {color:#000000}The nature of the piece (in general, text-heavy pieces should be more consistent);{color}
* {color:#000000}The goal of the project to create a unified, professional image;{color}
* {color:#000000}The “look” of the piece; and{color}
* {color:#000000} Readability of the copy by the target audience.{color}

{color:#000000}It may or may not be appropriate for a designer to vary from the standards
based upon these factors. In the end, the decision is ultimately that of the designer, but
more consistent and attractive pieces are likely to have greater distribution and impact.{color}

These are only the barest of styles. Additional styles should probably be created for picture/table
captions, page numbers, cover page titles, and so on. Community input needs to be solicited
before any recommendations can be made on these. The fonts chosen are all available, mature
open source fonts. Because the fonts used in legacy logos ( Frutiger Bold Condensed
and  Frutiger Condensed) are not open source or even freely available, the decision
was made to avoid using this font on the heads and subheads.

Bitstream Vera Sans was chosen as the heads/subheads font for several reasons:
There was a great deal of discussion about using Bitstream Vera Sans in creating the next
version logo, this is a font that is similar in look to Frutiger Condensed, it is freely available,
and so on. The 78% scale width was intended to enhance its similarity to Frutiger Condensed.

Bitstream Vera Serif was chosen for the body text for the following reasons: it is a freely-available
open source font, as a serif font it has higher readability and clarity (a lower case “l”
will never be mistaken for an uppercase “I”, for example), it is distinct from more commonly
used serif fonts (such as Times, Garamond, or Schoolbook), and it allows the heads, subheads,
and logo to stand out.

It should be noted that the Bitstream family of typefaces are under a restrictive license. 
While this is not in fact an issue under Apache policy, from a consistency point of view a
Typeface with a license that is more in line with Apache philosophies would be preferable.

Font sizes for the different text styles (headings 20 pt, subheadings 16 pt, body text 12
pt, for example) are not currently designated because of the great variety of pieces that
could be created. (For instance, a trifold brochure would obviously need to use a different
font size than an 8.5 x 11 multi-page manual for body copy.) However, it may be desirable
to create base “standards” that can then be used as a reference point for proportional

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Main Headlines{color}

Main headlines (the top-level headlines) should have the following
Font: Sans Serif, bold
colour: {color:#000000}RGB 14:133:205 (or its CMYK or Pantone equivalents){color}
Font Effects: Small capitals
Scale Width:100%
Alignment: Centered
Indents: None
Spacing: 0.5 inches (or 1.27 cm) below
Line Spacing: Single
Position: Normal

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Subheads{color}

Subheads should be progressively smaller the deeper they go. In general, they
should have the following characteristics:
Font: Sans Serif, oblique (not bold)
colour: {color:#000000}RGB 14:133:205 (or its CMYK or Pantone equivalents){color}
Font Effects: None
Scale Width: 100%
Alignment: Left
Indents: 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) - or match body text
Spacing: 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) below, same space above (except when following
main headlines, when there should be no additional space above)
Line Spacing: Single
Position: Normal

h3. {color:#0e85cd}Body Text{color}

Body text makes up the bulk of a printed piece. (You’re reading “body text”
right now.) In general, body text paragraphs should have the following
Font: Serif
colour: Black
Font Effects: None
Scale Width: 100%
Alignment: Left
Indents: 0.25 inches (0.64 cm)
Spacing: 0.25 inches below
Line Spacing: 1.5 Lines
Position: Normal

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