Identity

Identity

Welcome to the PHSC Brand Center!

Constant transformation defines Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC). What started as a college without walls in 1972 has become an award-winning state college powerhouse with five full-service campuses and a state-of-the-art instructional performing arts center.

In the past decade, we’ve been recognized by prestigious educational organizations, secured competitive workforce grants, and collaborated with industry partners. We’ve seen record-breaking participation in our first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign that allows us to help more students achieve their educational goals through scholarship funding. Our professors are recognized in their respective fields and attract the highest caliber students.

The way we present the College should reflect our strength as we progress as leaders and innovators in higher education.

We developed this brand guide to help you encapsulate the voice and tone of our ever-evolving college—an academic institution with six locations, more than 85 programs of study, and nearly 500 dedicated faculty and staff—a place to collaborate, discover, and forge a future in which to be proud.

Our programs and centers have individual identities and missions but there is a common spirit of ingenuity, optimism, and commitment. When we communicate—whether through print, digital, or social media—we should present ourselves with a strong, unified voice—a voice describing an institution that is authentic, encouraging, innovative, caring, progressive, engaging, and global. One that knows the future has endless potential.

Sincerely,
The Office of Marketing and Communications
 

Brand

Brand

You Are the Brand

Our brand is our culture, principles, reputation, and the stories we tell to influence opinions. We all deliver a brand experience to our community through our interactions with others, through customer service, advertising, marketing, public relations, and our visual identity. By sharing information and stories about the College with our community, and being consistent with our messaging, we encourage quick recognition and build our reputation.

Key Components of Our Brand

The PHSC Brand Promise

PHSC will inspire engagement and motivate students to reach their potential through affordable and quality higher education programs. 

Brand Personality

  • Authentic
  • Caring
  • Encouraging
  • Engaging
  • Innovative
  • Optimistic
  • Progressive

Guiding Philosophy

Pasco-Hernando State College believes in the power of education. Committed to an open-door policy, the College supports the pursuit of knowledge and provides accessible and affordable opportunities for all students to reach academic and career goals.

The College embraces diversity and values the contributions of our students, faculty and staff, and the unique communities within our district. Embracing a student-centered environment lies at the heart of our mission.

Through continuous assessment, self-evaluation, and improvement, PHSC encourages the participation of the College community in the development of a shared vision.

We believe all students, faculty, staff, district residents and community leaders, through meaningful discourse, can make significant contributions toward the attainment of PHSC’s goals and the future advancement of the College.
 

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Student-Run Clubs and Organizations

All student club and organizations materials are to be created by the club or organizations under the guidance of Student Life and Leadership.

Students may:

  • Use “PHSC” in the names of their clubs and organizations
  • Use PHSC’s black and gold colors and secondary colors in the logos
  • Design custom marks for their clubs and organizations

Students may not:

  • Use any of PHSC’s official logos
  • Add art elements to any PHSC logo  
  • Use PHSC logo on personal business cards (Business cards are used to identify faculty or staff of the College)
     

Official Materials

Official Materials

Official College Marketing Materials

Official Marketing materials for the college are to be created by the Office of Marketing and Communications. This is including any items that are public facing or distributed into the community.

Colors

Colors

Color Palette

Master Palette

Color is one of the most important elements of PHSC’s brand identity. It’s important that the College’s Master Color Palette remains consistent across printed materials and electronic formats. Color specifications are given in Pantone (PMS), CMYK, RGB and web values to accommodate a range of technical and media considerations.

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Secondary Support Palette

The purpose of the Secondary Color Palette is to offer flexibility to balance the need for consistency while building brand recognition. The secondary palette must be used in support of the Master Palette, not in place of it.

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Color Palette Breakdowns

Incorrect usage compromises the integrity of the brand. Based on the Color Bridge Coated—The Plus Series Pantone Book values.

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Fonts

Fonts

PHSC Fonts

Monogram

Monogram is a custom font. There are similar fonts, but they do not match exactly. The closest font is Soho

Standard-Heavy

Standard-Heavy should be used sparingly since it has a bold composition. The best place to use this font would be in a header or title. 

Open Sans

Open Sans should be used for headers and body copy.

Support Typography

If you do not have Open Sans, use Arial.
 

Logo

Logo

College Logo 

The Pasco-Hernando State College logo is the primary graphic identity for the institution. As the emblem for the entire PHSC community, great care should be given to correctly use the master logo. Our logo is one of our most important assets. Consistent treatment is key to creating a clear understanding of who we are and what we stand for.

It is a combination of the monogram and the College’s name or “signature” in two colors, in a fixed relationship that should not be altered or modified. The PHSC logo should appear in black and gold whenever possible only in the configurations presented here.

All departments/offices within the college, except for Athletics, Student Life and Leadership, and the PHSC Foundation must use the official PHSC Master logo. Department logos are created in special circumstances with the approval of the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications and have limited use.

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The logo must be on the front cover of all printed materials created for external (student and community) audiences. For internal (employee) audiences, the logo can be placed either on the front or back cover. For all official documents, logos must be at top left of page.

Clear Space

Clear space isolates the logo from competing elements—such as text and graphics. This preserves the integrity of the logo and ensures legibility prominence.

Always maintain the minimum clear space around the logo. The minimum clear space is based on a height of 0.5’’ on all four sides of the logo. 

Approved Alternate Logos

In applications in which the preferred logo treatment does not present well, use an approved alternate logo. The approved clear space is 0.5” around all PHSC logos. 

Scaling

The PHSC logo is a strong mark that can be scaled proportionally to a wide range of sizes. However, a logo that is too small, will be illegible and ineffective. The minimum size of a logo varies and depends on the version used. When scaled proportionally, the smallest sizes for the approved logos are as follows:

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Master Logo­—Improper Logo Treatments

Consistency is key when establishing and maintaining the integrity of a brand. Do not make modifications to any PHSC logo. 

Wordmarks

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College Seal

College Seal

Official College Seal

The college seal features the central image of a stately oak tree. The proud oak represents growth, beauty, wisdom, and the power of education. The roots of the oak run deep in our two-county district, signifying the College’s stable connection to the community. Branches represent the many disciplines of higher education, reaching for enlightenment. The oak’s leaves symbolize the cycle of education, an ageless process that spans time and provides opportunities for each new generation. The symbol of the oak tree, expressed in black and gold, is rimmed by the name of the College and anchored by the date of its establishment.

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College Seal Guidelines and Usage

The most formal symbol of Pasco-Hernando State College is the seal. It is the official academic signature of the College. As such, the seal is reserved for use on formal documents or forms of the highest official rank and include: 

  • Communications from the Office of the President
  • Official documents including diplomas and legal documents
  • Official three-dimensional presentations including commencement medallions and podium displays


The College seal is not interchangeable with the College logo. The College seal should not be used on items such as promotional materials, general stationery, pins, business cards or most College signage.

In accordance with Board Rule 6Hx19-1.19, the seal may only be used with permission of the Office of Marketing and Communications or the President.

Colors

The College seal may be used in full color, black and white or the designated colors of the College. The College seal may be foil stamped in gold. Use only reproduction quality images of the seal, available from the Office of Marketing and Communications, for direct reproduction.

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Clear Space

To give the seal the maximum amount of emphasis, a clear zone surrounding the seal must be maintained. This clear space size of 0.5’’.

Scaling

The minimum size the seal can be printed measures 1.4375” square.

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Program Emblem

Program Emblem

Program Emblem and patch

Program emblems are limited in usage and reserved for PHSC health and workforce academies­­—type treatment for uniform embroidery and imprint, and official invites and programs for a specific program and/or academy.

Program emblems and patches are not to be used in promotional materials.

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Spirit Brand

Spirit Brand

PHSC Spirit Brand

The PHSC Spirit Logo is relatable to PHSC students, providing a sense of belonging and identity with the College. It conveys bold confidence, fearlessness, and impressive courage—all characteristics that we value here at Pasco-Hernando State College. A solitary predator by nature, the bobcat represents a culture of persistence and adaptability in an ever-changing environment.

The PHSC Spirit logo is used by PHSC Athletics and PHSC Student Life and Leadership. It can also be used on PHSC promotional items, with the permission of PHSC Office of Marketing and Communications.

Master Palette

Color is one of the most important elements of PHSC’s brand identity. It’s important that the master color palette remains consistent across printed materials and electronic formats. Color specifications are given in Pantone (PMS), CMYK, and RGB values to accommodate a range of technical and media considerations. Secondary support palette remains the same. 

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Clear Space

All PHSC Spirit logos must always have enough uninterrupted space, also known as clear space surrounding it. When positioning the logo near text, image-heavy applications, or edges of the page, always maintain the minimum area of protection space. The minimum area of protection between the logo and any other creative elements on any piece is 0.75’’ inches (illustrated below).

No more than one logo should appear or display on the same product/material.

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Typography

Consistent typography is a crucial piece of the PHSC brand. The following fonts and intended usage are provided below to ensure consistency when developing new elements.

  • Be True to Your School—Font used for Bobcat wordmark.
  • College Block—Non-outlined font used for sports names underneath Bobcat wordmark.
  • Fjalla One—Font used for “Pasco-Hernando State College” under sports name.
  • Open Sans—Font used for body copy.

Spirit Accent Elements

Brand personality is just like the personality of human beings. Accent elements evoke emotional or personal qualities that we associate with our spirit brand. Elements of the brand identity including the color of the logo and the typography on the brand name add to the personality.

These recognizable and simple spirit personality elements help enhance brand awareness, enhance associations, and encourage positive emotions and feeling.

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PHSC Athletics mascot

Please contact the Office of Marketing and Communications for usage information if for other than athletics or merchandise purposes.

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Athletics and Merchandise Only Spirit Treatments

Consistency is key when establishing and maintaining the integrity of a brand. Do not make any modifications to the PHSC Spirit Logo or its additional elements without prior approval from the Office of Marketing and Communications.

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Styleguide

Styleguide

PHSC Styleguide

This Pasco-Hernando State College writing style guide is designed to create consistency—in text and graphic design—throughout all PHSC communications, both print and electronic. The goal is to create a consistent, positive image of the College to multiple audiences and to reinforce the brand of the institution.

Editorial Style

Editorial Style

The Office of Marketing and Communications uses the Associated Press Stylebook as a guide for all written copy. This guide includes some basic AP styles for commonly used words and abbreviations, style issues related to academia and for words and phrases unique to PHSC. The full version of the PHSC Style Guide can be found in the Marketing and Communications section of the Intranet.

Business correspondence, PowerPoint presentations, publications, emails, or any communication created on behalf of the College should be written in a style that is simple, collegial, and clearly stated. Presenting a consistent style of communication when addressing students, colleagues and the community reinforces the fact that we represent the College. It is important to use the style guide which supports the institution voice.

  • Follow the guidelines of the Associated Press
  • Avoid jargon—use simple, clear language that the reader would quickly recognize.
  • Define acronyms on the first reference.
  • Be brief—whenever possible, keep to the message you want to convey.
  • Always provide contact information, URL (phsc.edu), and social icons if applicable
  • To ensure accuracy, have someone proofread your work before sending it out.

If a writing or editorial question is not addressed below or in the full version guide, please contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at marketing@phsc.edu.

Writing Style

Writing Style