Logo (Horizontal)

Usage Rules

  • The Instructure logo consists of blue (PMS 2150), yellow (PMS 109), orange (PMS 144), and red (PMS 1788C).
  • Whenever possible, place the logo on a light background.
  • It’s a friendly logo, but it has a personal bubble, so always give it plenty of breathing room.
  • To the right you’ll find the minimum logo clear space requirements and permitted permutations.
  • Our logo and wordmark were made for each other, and should appear together whenever possible.

Horizontal Logo and Wordmark

Horizontal Logo and Wordmark

Single Mark

Reversed

Logo Clear Space

Horizontal Logo and Wordmark

Logo Minimum Size

Logo

(Stacked)

Usage Rules

Sometimes a vertically oriented logo better fits the space. If you look to the right, you’ll see the minimum logo clear space and minimum size requirements.

Horizontal Logo and Wordmark

Stacked Logo and Wordmark

Logo Clear Space

Horizontal Logo and Wordmark

Logo Minimum Size

Logo Don’ts

  • Don’t use old Instructure logos.

  • Don’t place the logo on a busy background or use it in combinations that don’t meet AIM accessibility.

  • Don’t distort the logo by warping it, stretching it, or scaling it disproportionately.

  • Don’t adjust the colors or use gradients.

  • Don’t add any components to/remove any components from the logo.

  • Don’t add drop shadows, outlines, or textures.

  • Don’t do any of the additional “don’ts” illustrated to the right.

Don't use color combinations that don't meet AIM accessibility.

ex 1 logo don't

Don’t use colors that aren’t approved in our branding guidelines.

ex 2 logo don't

Don’t use a colorful logo on a black background.

ex 3 logo don't

Don’t distort the logo.

ex 4 logo don't

Don’t rotate the logo.

ex 5 logo don't

Don’t use a stroke in the logo.

ex 6 logo don't

Don’t use the logo in a sentence.

ex 7 logo don't

Don’t use the wordmark by itself.

ex 8 logo don't

Don’t use a gradient in the logo.

ex 9 logo don't

Color Palette

Primary Colors

The Instructure brand has three primary colors, chosen for both aesthetic and accessibility purposes. They’re Instructure blue (PMS 2149), red (PMS 1788), and orange (PMS 144).

Secondary Colors

Our secondary colors are for supplementary use—in outlines, buttons, divisions, illustrations, and color accents. The little things. Our handy “Palette Usage” graphic will help you determine usage frequency.

White Space

We give our colors room to breathe. So embrace the white space.

Primary Colors

  • H 287A9F
    R 40
    G 122
    B 159

    PMS 2149C
    C 85
    M 45
    Y 25
    K 0

  • H E72429
    R 231
    G 36
    B 41

    PMS 1788C
    C 0
    M 100
    Y 95
    K 0

  • H F68E20
    R 246
    G 142
    B 32

    PMS 144C
    C 0
    M 55
    Y 100
    K 0

Secondary Colors

  • H FACB13
    R 250
    G 203
    B 19

    PMS 109C
    C 0
    M 20
    Y 100
    K 0

  • H 24A159
    R 36
    G 161
    B 89

    PMS 347C
    C 85
    M 10
    Y 90
    K 0

  • H 43CA9E
    R 67
    G 202
    B 158

    PMS 338C
    C 65
    M 0
    Y 50
    K 0

  • H 0097D3
    R 0
    G 151
    B 211

    PMS 2193C
    C 80
    M 25
    Y 0
    K 0

  • H 39B7D7
    R 57
    G 183
    B 215

    PMS 2915C
    C 65
    M 10
    Y 5
    K 0

  • H 8D4EA5
    R 141
    G 78
    B 165

    PMS 258C
    C 50
    M 80
    Y 5
    K 0

  • H CC1B5D
    R 204
    G 27
    B 93

    PMS 205C
    C 15
    M 100
    Y 50
    K 0

  • H F76400
    R 247
    G 100
    B 0

    PMS 021C
    C 0
    M 80
    Y 100
    K 0

  • H 0D323F
    R 13
    G 50
    B 63

    PMS 533C
    C 90
    M 65
    Y 50
    K 50

  • H 143D50
    R 20
    G 61
    B 80

    PMS 534C
    C 90
    M 65
    Y 50
    K 40

  • H 156380
    R 21
    G 99
    B 128

    PMS 7700C
    C 90
    M 55
    Y 35
    K 20

  • H CCDCE4
    R 204
    G 220
    B 228

    PMS 2707C
    C 15
    M 5
    Y 5
    K 0

  • H F2F8FA
    R 242
    G 247
    B 250

    PMS 656C
    C 6
    M 2
    Y 2
    K 0

Palette Usage

Color Don'ts

  • Don’t use colors that aren’t on our list (even if they look “close enough”).

  • Don’t use secondary colors for headers.

  • Don’t use color on body copy. However, headlines, subheads, and titles are okay.

  • Don’t mix too many colors and gradients, causing a rainbow effect.

Our mission is to elevate student success, amplify the power of teaching, and inspire everyone to learn together.

Too Many Colors

Through software, content, professional development, open integrations, and an amazing user community, The Instructure Learning Platform makes edtech more personal and student success more equitable.

Gradients

Color gradients using primary colors and their tonal neighbors add dimension and variety, and help make our site more accessible. Please use them in moderation.

287A9F

0097D3

156380

287A9F

E72429

F68E20

F68E20

FACB13

Instructure Learning Platform Graphic

The Instructure Learning Platform graphic provides a snapshot of our product-brand ecosystem. It’s a helpful tool for showing how our offerings work together to amplify teaching and elevate learning, leading to improved outcomes.

The graphic’s hexagon shape, which echoes that of the Instructure logo, can be used on its own as a design element for visual emphasis—particularly as a clipping mask for photography or illustration, or a container for messaging. 
 

Instructure learning platform graphic

Typography

Proxima Nova

Proxima Nova is our primary typeface. It’s clean and modern, just like our products. When Proxima Nova is unavailable or impractical, Arial is our recommended substitute.

Proxima Nova Extra Bold

Proxima Nova Extra Bold Italic

Proxima Nova Bold

Tiempos

Tiempos Headline is our serif typeface. Use it for accents, numbers, and quotes. When Tiempos Headline is unavailable or impractical, use Proxima Nova.

Tiempos Headline Bold

Tiempos Headline Bold Italic

Tiempos Numbers 12345678910

Photography

We keep our photography simple and strong. Whenever possible:

  • Show real people whose lives have been positively affected by Instructure and its products.

  • Evoke optimism and highlight humanity through thoughtful lighting and careful composition—even with stock images.

  • Represent the diverse backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, etc. of the millions of people Instructure impacts every day.

  • Show the technology aspect of our brand when it makes sense, while always keeping humanity in mind.

  • When taking photographs that don’t include people, look for unconventional and compelling ways to handle composition and perspective.

  • Incorporate brand colors wherever possible.

photography color overlay example

Transparency Use

Photos With Text Overlays

What do you do when you want words on top of a photo? But need it to be accessible so everyone can read it? You desaturate the photo, insert a white transparency layer, and then apply another transparency on top.

photography transarency example

Photography Don’ts

  • Don’t use just people on white backgrounds. Keep them in their educational or work environment.

  • Don’t show subjects looking right at the camera. Photographs should feel candid, not posed.

  • Don’t use the kind of composited photos often found on stock image websites.

  • Don’t use cliché images (a bunch of people pointing at a laptop screen, a teacher writing a math equation on a chalkboard while students smile too excitedly, etc.).

  • Don’t show out-of-date technology.

  • Don’t use images that are visual puns or otherwise silly.

photography dont

Videography

Sharing Real Stories

The people who use our products are some of the most inspiring individuals we know. They’re passionate educators who make the world—and our products—ever better. They’re also our greatest ambassadors. When we feature them in video, we use understated production techniques and clean, minimalist aesthetics to tell their stories simply and authentically, without getting in the way.

Conducting Interviews

Locations should have natural light and be spacious and quiet, yet visually interesting. (More a library or a classroom with windows, less an office or studio.) Remind subjects to look at and speak to the interviewer off camera, not at the camera, so it doesn’t feel like an infomercial. Keep things informal and conversational to inspire subjects’ most relaxed and authentic delivery.

Production Techniques

  • The goal is to enhance the story’s content and themes. So avoid techniques that draw attention to themselves.
  • Yes to smooth dolly, pans, tilts, timelapse, and drone shots. Not to shaky handhelds, snap zooms, and fast pans.
  • Use natural light where possible (supplement as needed).
  • Compose shots that are both authentic and visually interesting.
  • Libraries, classrooms, or labs with personality make great locations and add contextual detail. Avoid areas that feel confined, stuffy, or sterile.

B-Roll

We like to show our subjects’ unique teaching and learning environments and don’t want to just stare at a talking head for the entire video. So make sure to film some “observational” b-roll for each person interviewed.

For example:

  • Campus/community establishing shots (wide exteriors work great)
  • Moments of teaching, learning, and collaboration with devices and digital tools in use
  • Other expositional and detailed shots that suit the story

Post-Production

While we want our edits to be engaging and compelling, we also need to focus on the featured people and their stories. So we take an understated approach to post-production. Use straight cuts, for example, and avoid overusing conspicuous transitions like long cross dissolves, wipes, and zooms.

Music

Music is vital to our video storytelling. Of course, the tone of a user story is different from an event-highlight reel or other promotion. But there are some common traits: We always look for music that’s emotive and not overly produced. And ideally it will age well. Check out our recent videos for a sense of what we’re going for.

References

See our YouTube video library for reference (and, hopefully, inspiration) and reach out to the Instructure creative team for direction, review, and approval.

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Illustrations

The selective use of illustrations can help us tell or enrich a story visually in reports, infographics, and other materials.

Character Illustrations 

We use bespoke character illustrations that amplify and elevate our brand with a distinctive style, subject matter, and color palette.

character illustrations

User Interface Illustrations

These illustrations use wireframes that echo the user experience in our platform—helping to reinforce our brand mission, values, and voice with simple, clean lines that add visual interest.

user interface illustrations

Backgrounds + Patterns

The diamond pattern, gradient heat map, and abstract geometric backgrounds visually strengthen our brand by repeating the Instructure logo shape, creating unique branded color experiences, and adding texture and depth. 

backgrounds and patterns

Printing Guidelines

Always print Instructure materials on 110-lb matte or satin-paper finish paper. Nothing glossy whatsoever.

printing guidelines