Dartmouth Logo

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The Dartmouth logo reflects the historical heritage of the educational institution to which it belongs. It embodies its roots, concept, principles, teaching methods – everything related to education at this institution. But the restrained palette demonstrates how serious a student must be to acquire the necessary knowledge without being distracted by extraneous things.

Dartmouth: Brand overview

Founded:December 13, 1769
Founder:Eleazar Wheelock
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Dartmouth – is a U.S. educational institution located in Hanover. It is ancient, as it was founded in 1769, making it one of the most prestigious colleges in America. Its specialization covers a range of subjects: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering, offering 60 majors. The founder of the university is the priest, orator, and educator Eleazar Wheelock.

Meaning and History

Dartmouth Logo History

Initially, it was a school. The idea of its establishment is related to the Enlightenment work of Eleazar Wheelock, who aimed to provide education to the indigenous population of America. The teaching was to be carried out by missionaries. To implement his plan, the priest took an incredible step for that time: instead of attracting students to his institution, he moved it to where the potential future college visitors lived. Thus, New Hampshire gained its educational institution, which has grown into a prestigious center.

The visual identity of Dartmouth has its roots in its historical past. This is particularly evident in the emblem, executed in a heraldic style. The coat of arms’ shape, rays, light source, and a separate segment with the founding year all set a serious tone and demonstrate respect for its heritage. The educational institution’s name is presented in the same design, as the bold letters bear the imprint of ancient chronicles. They have similar lines as if drawn by a quill dipped in green ink. This is evident in the curves when transitioning from one level to another: in some places, they are wider, and in others – they are narrower.

What is Dartmouth?

Dartmouth is an American educational institution that provides education in 60 majors in the fields of humanities, engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences. It was founded in 1769 by the renowned Enlightenment figure Eleazar Wheelock. The college is located in the town of Hanover, in the state of New Hampshire.

before 2018

Dartmouth Logo before 2018

On the Dartmouth logo to the left is a heraldic symbol – an individual coat of arms in the shape of a triangular shield. It features iconic elements: a pine tree, the first building, a tower with a weather vane, a deciduous tree with a spreading crown, a lawn, and two students walking toward the school. But the most iconic detail is the book. It symbolizes knowledge – the goal pursued by the founder of the educational institution.

The students hold one book. They have high hairstyles on their heads, indicating that they are Native Americans. These “elevations” clearly resemble the traditional feathered headdress worn by the indigenous people. The second book is placed at the top left. From it emanates light – sharp rays directed at the building. In this way, the designers embodied the idea that the book is the beacon of knowledge. Below the three wavy lines is the founding year of the college – 1769. To the right of the coat of arms is the name. It is large, with elements of the Gothic style.

2018 – today

Dartmouth Logo

The emblem remains a graphic-text combination, but its content has changed dramatically. The evolution is related to the transformation of the shield into a block “D,” within which the designers placed the legendary tree. This tall pine tree previously stood to the left of the college building. The large letter is entirely colored in green, with the tree’s outline emerging in white space (essentially a negative space), featuring numerous symmetrical branches. The powerful trunk reaches the bottom edge of the glyph.

This tree played a significant role in the history of the area where the educational institution is located. In the past, it was the site of local elders’ meetings and the making of momentous decisions. Initially, it was called the Old Pine, and later the Lone Pine. At the end of the 19th century, the trunk was damaged by lightning during a storm, so the tree was removed in 1895. However, it still adorns the Dartmouth logo, symbolizing the wisdom of the people. Following the tree is the name of the college, typed in a modified font. The designers shifted the text downward, maintaining a distance of at least the height of the capital “D,” as specified in the manual.

Font and Colors

Dartmouth Emblem

The foundation of the college’s visual identity lies in a unique typeface named after its creator, Rudolph Ruzicka, a Czech typographer. Dartmouth Ruzicka consists of letters with delicate serifs and elegant curves. As noted in the identity application guide, this font conveys the prestige of the educational institution, reflects its heritage, and emphasizes its scientific and cultural significance. It is the very history, the voice of the brand.

To update the typeface and bring it in line with modern requirements, Jesse Ragan slightly reworked it. He continued where Rudolph Ruzicka left off, adding weight to the letters and transforming the serifs into miniature additions that harmoniously merged with the large glyphs. The typographer also converted the font to uppercase and increased the letter spacing. For other materials of the educational institution, the National two typeface is recommended.

Dartmouth Symbol

The colors of the emblem are also unique. They belong to the Spring Green category from the tertiary palette and bear the same name as the college. If the wordmark is used without the graphic image and is on printed materials, it is colored in Dartmouth Green.

Dartmouth color codes

Cadmium GreenHex color:#00693d
RGB:0 105 61
CMYK:100 0 42 59
Pantone:PMS 7726 C