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Brand Guidelines

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BRAND
GUIDELINES
VERSION 1
JANUARY 2013

Brand Guidelines
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CONTENTS
INTRO

03

IDENTITY
Logo06
Logo Clear Space
07
Logo Placement
08
Logo Sizes
09
Logo Colors
10
Logo Misuses
12
Attribution logo
13
TYPOGRAPHY
Print Typeface
Web Typeface
Typesetting Guides

17
19
20

GRAPHIC ELEMENTS
Color Palette
22
Graphic Arrows
24
Photography35
Icons38
DESIGN EXAMPLES
Business Communications
Visual Examples

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WELCOME TO THE NEW DEMAND MEDIA


BRAND GUIDELINES. THESE GUIDELINES EXIST
TO MAKE US LOOK CONSISTENTLY AWESOME!
FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AS YOU CREATE
MARKETING MATERIALS, INTERNAL AND
EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS.
OUR DESIGN FOUNDATION
Our brand is more than our logo. It is a design scheme
made up of a number of core elements and guiding
principles that combine to create a distinctive look and
feel that is immediately recognisable as Demand Media.
This guide will help to familiarize you with the core
brand elements to assist you in designing and producing
dynamic and powerful communications with a degree of
flexibility.
If unsure, just ask us at brand@demandmedia.com
(We dont bite).

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Introduction

WHAT WERE ABOUT


Our new brand identity is all about demonstrating how
Demand Media is a touchpoint in peoples real lives.
We connect people to content thats relevant to them.
We connect businesses to the web.
We connect brands with people and people with brands.
Every second of every day people click, swipe, and tap
into Content For Real Life on one of our sites. More than
100 million people come to us every monththats more
than 1 in 3 Americans online. Were there to help them
navigate their lives, satisfy their cravings, explore their
interests, and expand their horizons.
We also give businesses the power to connect with their
audience in more meaningful waysthrough websites,
through advertising solutions, and through social
conversations.
This is what our branding is all aboutconnecting, serving
as a touchpoint, and meeting people where they are.

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OUR LOGO
Here it is againour logo. Our logo is the
most visible element of our identitya
universal signature across all Demand
Media communications. Its a guarantee of
quality that unites our diverse products and
services.
We use the same version in print, on screen,
and on the side of our buildings. Its simple.
Easy to understand. No drop shadows, no
glossy reflections, no flashy graphic effects.
Our logo is a bold, simple, graphic
statement. It signifies a touchpoint, and a
connection.
The logo is made up of two elements: the
symbol and the logotype.
While it is a simple logo, we must treat
it nicely. The following pages cover the
correct usage to ensure the logo always
looks its best.

Symbol

Logotype

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EVERYONE NEEDS A
LITTLE PERSONAL SPACE

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50%
25%

LOGO CLEAR SPACE


To ensure that our signature versions are clearly
visible in all applications, surround them with
sufficient clear space free of type, graphics,
and other elements that might cause visual clutterto maximize the recognition and impact of
our identity.
To ensure the integrity and legibility of the logo
lock-ups, the area directly surrounding them
should be protected.
When the logotype or full name is used, a clear
space of 50% the symbols height should be
maintained.
In special circumstances when a 50% clear zone
isnt available or possible, use the second option
of 25% clear space.

Note: the logotype typography has been carefully spaced,


and should not be changed, or re-typed. The D and M
are vertically aligned, in addition to the e and a.

50% Clear space

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EVERYTHING IN ITS
RIGHT PLACE

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Corner position.

LOGO CLEAR SPACE


We like to avoid placing the logo smack
dab in the middle of an area.
On any given formatlandscape or
verticalthe preferred logo placement is
in any corner position, or center aligned
at the right or left.

Center position.

Centering the logo


looks generic and
predictable
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Much better
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GOOD THINGS COME IN


SMALL SIZES

Logo

Symbol

Favicon (ICO file)

Minimum size
0.8 / 100px

Minimum size
0.375 / 30 px

16 px

MINIMUM LOGO SIZE


There are no predetermined sizes for the
Demand Media logo. Scale and proportion should be determined by the available
space, aesthetics, function and visibility.
There is no preset maximum size for the
logo. In print the minimum size is 0.8.
For digital uses the minimum size for the
standard logo is 100 pixels. 100
pixels is the smallest size apart from when
using an ICO. There is a specific file for
ICOs which is a 16px tall file.

HELP US KEEP OUR


LAWYERS HAPPY
USING THE REGISTERED LOGO
To protect our logo we use a Registered
symbol alongside our logo. This is used in
all major outward-facing brand communications, such as our website and advertising.
For internal communications, and branded
promotional itemssuch as notepads,
T-shirts, water bottlesthe standard logo
can be used.
The registered logo has been created in
two sizes - large and small. The large scale
version will cover most uses, and the small
scale version is intended mainly for use on
the web.

Large scale use

Small scale use

Scale width between:


1.2 upward
150px upward

Scale width between:


0.8 1.2
100 150 px

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PICK A COLOR
ANY COLOR

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Color logo on white backgrounds

Our logo or background color may be


any color within the Demand Media
color palette. Contrast is importantuse
a white logo on color backgrounds and a
color logo on white backgrounds.

In certain instances, such


as on the Demand Media
website, a vibrant color
logo may not be appropriate, and may potentially
clash with other colors. In
these instances, an all gray
logo can be used.

See pages 21 & 22 for detailed color


information and color values.

When using the logo on a


white background, the logotype should always appear in
gray, never in a vibrant color,
and never in solid black.

Always us a gray
logotype

White logo on color backgrounds

When using the logo on a


color background, both the
symbol and logotype should
appear white. The logotype
should never appear in gray.

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MONOCHROME LOGOS

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75% Black logo on white


background

White logo on 75% black


background

The preferred color for our logo is in one


of our vibrant colors. In some cases, a
full color logo may not be practical or
possible due to limitations in printing.
For these instances we may use a gray
version (made as a 75% tint of black) or
a one-color black or white logo.

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Black logo on white background

White logo on black background

Two-tone version for black


backgrounds.

White symbol, gray logotype

In special uses when the logo


appears on a black background
(for example T-shirts, Tote
bags), a two-tone logo is preferred. In this logo, the symbol
should appear in white, and the
logotype should appear in the
following gray color (depending
on application for print or web):
Pantone Cool Gray 8
45% black
R163 G166 B168

BACKGROUND IMAGES

Light-colored, uncluttered imagery

Dark-colored, uncluttered imagery

Our logo may also be used on an


image background with sufficient
contrast. Use an all-gray logo for use
on light colored backgrounds, and an
all-white version for dark backgrounds.
When placing the logo onto imagery,
please ensure that it is placed within
an uncluttered image area to allow for
maximum legibillity and visibility.
Do not use a color logo on a
photographic image.

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PLEASE DONT...
To maintain the integrity of the Demand
Media logo, and to promote the
consistency of the brand, it is important
to use the logo as described in these
guidelines.

CONTENT FOR REAL LIFE


DONT create a logo lockup with text

DONT rearrange the logo elements.

DONT change the proportions


between the symbol and logotype

DONT rotate the logo

DONT stretch the logo

DONT create a gradient logo

DONT mix colors from the palette

DONT use non-approved colors

DONT outline the logo

DONT add a drop shadow to the logo

DONT add reflections or any other


graphic filters to the logo

DONT use the symbol as a holding


shape for imagery or graphics

DONT create a pattern with the logo

DONT place the logo on a color


without sufficient contrast

DONT use gray or black on a


color background

DONT use over a busy image

The examples shown here illustrate


possible misuses of the Demand Media
logo that should be avoided.

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DRIVEN BY...

Attribution Logo

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Logo Colors

ATTRIBUTION BADGE
We have created these attribution badges
to help strengthen and build equity in
the masterbrand, and to create a clear
relationship between Demand Media and
the various sites we own, operate, and
for which we generate content. Used
consistently and accurately, this badge will
build awareness for our brand across our
entire network.
Built from our primary logo, this badge
includes the moniker Driven by as an
indication of the role Demand Media plays
regarding our various properties and
content creators.

Attribution Logo Placement

Our logo color palette has been designed


to adapt to a variety of applications.
When using the attribution badge, choose
the color logo that closest matches or
compliments the website it appears on. For
example, Livestrong.com features a yellow
color palette, so a yellow attribution badge
should be used. eHow.com features a green
color palette so a green attribution badge
should be used.
Examples are shown on page 14.

Secondary Placement Left

Primary Placement Centre

Secondary Placement Right

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Cracked.com Dominant website color, Red > Red Demand Media Logo > Primary placement

eNom Dominant website color, Blue > Blue Demand Media Logo > Secondary placement

eHow Dominant website color, Green > Green Demand Media Logo > Secondary placement

IndieClick Dominant website color, Yellow > Yellow Demand Media Logo > Secondary placement

Livestrong Dominant website color, Yellow > Yellow Demand Media Logo > Primary placement

There may be instances where the background color of a website doesnt sit comfortably with the
Demand Media approved logo colors, or does not provide enough contrast to render the logo legible
(examples below). In these cases and all white or all gray logo should be used.

Illegible

Use White
logo

Color clashes

Use Gray
logo

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FILE FORMATS
Our signatures come in a variety of
formats for use in a range of applications.
On this page, each file is categorized
using the naming key listed below. Use
the PNG logos for all screen-based
applications, such as PowerPoint and
the web. For print applications, use the
Illustrator artwork with the EPS extension.

Primary logo

Available in all logo colors

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For Print:

For Screen:

1 color positive logo

Folder location:
Print > Pantone_U
Print > Pantone_C
Print > CMYK_U
Print > CMYK_C

Folder location:
Screen > RGB

Folder location:
Print > 1 color

Filename example:
DM_Primary_RGB_Darkblue.eps
(color name varies for each logo color)

Filename:
DM_Primary_1col.eps

Filename example:
DM_Primary_Pantone_C_ Darkblue.eps
(color name varies for each logo color)

1 color reversed logo


Folder location:
Print_1 color
Filename:
DM_Primary_1col_Rev.eps

To obtain digital artwork, please contact


brand@demandmedia.com.
Registered logo (Reg)

File naming key


DM

Demand Media

Primary
Reg
Small
Attribution

Main logo (not registered)


Registered logo
Small scale use logo
Driven by Demand Media version

RGB
CMYK
Pantone_U
Pantone_C

RGB color
CMYK color
Uncoated Paper application
Coated Paper application

Darkblue
LIghtblue
Darkgreen
Lightgreen
Yellow
Red
Gray

The
The
The
The
The
The
The

1 color
Rev

One color logo (black)


Reversed logo (white)

darker blue logo


lighter blue logo
darker green logo
lighter green logo
yellow logo
red logo
gray logo

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Large scale use

For Print:

For Screen:

Folder location:
Print > Reg_Pantone_U
Print > Reg_Pantone_C
Print > Reg_CMYK_U
Print > Reg_CMYK_C

Folder location:
Screen > Reg_RGB

Filename example:
DM_Reg_Pantone_C_Darkblue.eps
(color name varies for each logo color)

Filename example:
DM_Reg_RGB_Darkblue.png
(color name varies for each logo color)

Registered logo (Reg) small scale use

Available in all logo colors

Folder location:
Screen > RGB_Reg_ Small Scale Use

Available in all logo colors

Filename example:
DM_Reg_Small_RGB_Darkblue.png
(color name varies for each logo color)

Attribution logo

For Screen:

Reversed logos (for use on black websites)

Folder location:

Folder location:
Screen > Attribution_RGB_Rev

Screen > Attribution_RGB

Filename:
DM_attribution_RGB_Rev_Darkblue.png

Filename example:
DM_attribution_RGB_Darkblue.png
(color name varies for each logo color)

Available in all logo colors

Available in all logo colors

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A FRIENDLY FACE
GOTHAM ROUNDED IS
OUR TYPEFACE. WE USE
IT IN TWO WEIGHTS
BOLD AND MEDIUM.
Typography is an important aspect of
our brand identity. Our typographic style
contributes to our distinctive aesthetic.
The typography usage examples on the
following pages should be followed to
ensure all of our communications appear
consistent.

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ROUNDED
FRIENDLY
SIMPLE
CLEAR
ELEGANT
PRECISE
GEOMETRIC

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OUR TYPEFACE:
USE IN PRINT

GOTHAM ROUNDED BOLD


ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789 &*#@?!/+(.,:;)

Gotham Rounded Bold is used for all


headlines and titles.

Gotham Rounded Medium is used


for the Demand Media logotype.
It should also be used for all
standard body-copy.

Gotham Rounded is designed


and distributed by New York type
foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones.
It can be purchased directly here.

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GOTHAM ROUNDED MEDIUM


ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789 &*#@?!/+(.,:;)

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OUR TYPEFACE:
USE FOR WEB
Since Gotham Rounded is currently
not available as a webfont, we have
substituted it with a close alternative
called Proxima Nova Soft.
As with Gotham Rounded, we use the
Bold weight for headlines, and Medium
for body copy.

Proxima Nova Soft Medium and Bold


can be purchased directly here.

SECONDARY TYPEFACE:
USE FOR POWERPOINT
In cases where a standard system font
is requiredsuch as sales presentation
Powerpoint documentsArial Regular
and Bold should be used.

PROXIMA NOVA SOFT MEDIUM

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789 &*#@?!/+(.,:;)

Arial / Arial Bold


ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

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TYPESETTING GUIDES:

DEMAND MEDIA, CONTENT


FOR REAL LIFE 10/11.5

Typography is always ranged left. This


provides the eye with a constant starting
point for each line, making text easier
to read. The only exceptions are when
typesetting headlines with the Demand
Media arrowheads (see page 25)
When typesetting headlines, the leading
should be 15% larger than the type size. To
calculate, multiply the type size by .15 and
add the result to the typesize.
When setting body copy, the leading
should be 25% larger than the type size.
To calculate this, multiply the type size by
.25 and add result to the typesize. All type
should be be set to -20 tracking.

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Body column width should ideally be


between 7-9 words long.

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PICK A COLOR
ANY COLOR
OUR CORE COLORS
ARE WHAT GIVE US OUR
PERSONALITY. WERE
BRIGHT, BOLD, AND
COLORFUL.
Up until this page, youve been seeing an
all-gray logo. But an all gray logo would
be a bit boring, right? The Demand Media
logo can in fact appear in one of six
vibrant colors. And theres a dark gray
color for our typography, and for instances
where a color logo is not appropriate.
As you can see, our colors are VIBRANT.
When using the colors in print, it is important to always seek to use Solid Pantone
inks. This way, all of our materials will be
consistent, and our colors look vibrant.
These same vibrant colors cannot be
achieved using standard CMYK printing.
Only use CMYK colors when absolutely
necessary.
Please note, when printing certain colors
onto coated or uncoated paper, the
Pantone color specified differs. Please refer to the color breakdowns on this page.

Coated Paper
PANTONE 285 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 305 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE WARM RED C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 116 C

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 285 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 305 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE WARM RED U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 115 U

R 80
G 150
B 242
HEX #5096F2

R 70
G 212
B 230
HEX #3DD4E6

R 250
G 84
B 54
HEX #F95336

R 254
G 203
B0
HEX #FECB00

Coated
C 90
M 48
Y0
K0

Coated
C 60
M0
Y7
K0

Coated
C0
M 86
Y 80
K0

Coated
C0
M 12
Y 100
K0

Uncoated
C 70
M 30
Y0
K0

Uncoated
C 60
M0
Y 10
K0

Uncoated
C0
M 70
Y 66
K0

Uncoated
C0
M 12
Y 95
K0

Coated Paper
PANTONE 7479 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 382 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE COOL GRAY 10 C

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 7479 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 381 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE COOL GRAY 10 U

R 50
G 209
B 126
HEX #32D17E

R 200
G 215
B0
HEX #C7D600

R 102
G 110
B 117
HEX #666E75

Coated
C 80
M0
Y 65
K0

Coated
C 28
M0
Y 92
K0

Coated
C4
M0
Y0
K 75

Uncoated
C 58
M0
Y 58
K0

Uncoated
C 25
M0
Y 84
K0

Uncoated
C4
M0
Y0
K 75

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SECONDARY COLORS
Our color palette is bold, and in certain
instances it can appear too bold.
So weve created 6 additional pale colors
that can be used to support the primary
color palette. These secondary colors
should only be used when absolutely
necessary. Our preference is to only
use primary color palette across most
communications.
Secondary paletteWhen to use:
Charts or infographics
More expressive graphic communications
(such as posters)
Presentation slide backgrounds
How to use them:
Only use neutral colors for presentation
slide backgrounds.
Never use the secondary colors on
their own. They should only be used to
complement the core colors.
Examples of our color palette in use can be
seen on pages 31 and 32.
Please note, when printing certain colors
onto coated or uncoated paper, the
Pantone color specified differs. Please refer to the color breakdowns on this page.

Coated Paper
PANTONE 304 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 373 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 100 C

Coated Paper
PANTONE 196 C

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 304 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 372 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 100 U

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE 196 U

R 154
G 222
B 239
HEX #9AE0EF

R 212
G 229
B 138
HEX #D4E58A

R 252
G 232
B 112
HEX #FCE870

R 255
G 202
B 192
HEX #FFCAC0

Coated
C 36
M0
Y6
K0

Coated
C 20
M0
Y 42
K0

Coated
C0
M0
Y 58
K0

Uncoated
C 39
M0
Y 11
K0

Uncoated
C 20
M0
Y 48
K0

Coated Paper
PANTONE Cool Gray 1 C

Coated Paper
WARM GRAY 4 C

Uncoated Paper
PANTONE Cool Gray 1 U

Uncoated Paper
WARM GRAY 3 U

R 236
G 242
B 243
HEX #ECF2F3

R 209
G 209
B 200
HEX #D1D1C8

Coated
C3
M2
Y4
K5

Coated
C9
M 11
Y 13
K 23

Uncoated
C4
M3
Y7
K7

Uncoated
C8
M9
Y 11
K 121

Uncoated
C0
M0
Y 61
K0

Coated
C0
M 23
Y5
K0

Uncoated
C0
M 25
Y 10
K0

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FOLLOW THESE
DIRECTIONS
GRAPHIC ARROWHEADS
Our graphic identity is more than just our
logo, typeface, and colors.
An important part of our graphic look and
feel are the use of arrowheads. The arrows
are derived from our logo, and signify
connection and action.
Used alongside our bold color palette and
angled headline typography, the arrows
provide a bold and engaging graphic look
and feel to all our communications.
The following pages explain how the
arrowheads should be used with typography, color, and photography.

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Left aligned typography

Left aligned typography non angled

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When typography interacts with the


arrows, there are specific rules that
apply.

Right aligned typography

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GRAPHIC ARROWS:
TYPE ALIGNMENT

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LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

The examples on this page show the


various ways in which typography
relates to the arrows.
Typography blocks should always
relate to the 90 right angle created
by the arrows. Depending on the rotation of the arrowss, typography will
vary from left aligned, to right aligned.
Typography can also be rotated 45
clockwise, anticlockwise, or remain
straight as shown in these examples.

L
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ET ME DO M I
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IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
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Left and right aligned typography outside of arrows

L
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M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
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L
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A A E
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C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
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Left and right aligned typography within arrows

L
A M OR
M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
RE P
T

The following pages provide some


detailed guidelines.

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GRAPHIC ARROWS:
TYPE ALIGNMENT & ANGLES

When placing text within the arrows, the


typography layout will vary depending
on the orientation of the arrow, and the
amount of text within the arrow. Please
follow the guides below, and on the
following pages.

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Left alignment

100%

12%
Blue lines represent a clear
space border. The width of
the border is equal to 12%
total width of the arrow.

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LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
RECING
LOREM IPSUM
DOLOR AMET
CONSECTETUR
ADIPISCING
PELLENESQUE
CURSUS.

M
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LO PS LO
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Right alignment

LOREM
IPU MADOL
OR AMET
CONSE ETU
DIP RECING
LOREM IPSUM
DOLOR AMET
CONSECTETUR
ADIPISCING
PELLENESQUE
CURSUS.

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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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GRAPHIC ARROWS:
TYPE SIZE & LINE COUNT

100%

12%

Right alignment
3 lines of type

LO
M R
A AD EM
ET ME O I
U T LO PU
RI C
P EN R

4 lines of type

4 lines of type

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Left alignment
3 lines of type

5 lines of type

6 lines of type (maximum)

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
RECING
Small TypeMax 6 lines
within space

5 lines of type

LOREM IPSUM
DOLOR AMET
CONSECTETUR
ADIPISCING
PELLENESQUE
CURSUS.

6 lines of type (maximum)

LOREM
IPU MADOL
OR AMET
CONSE ETU
DIP RECING
LOREM IPSUM
DOLOR AMET
CONSECTETUR
ADIPISCING
PELLENESQUE
CURSUS.

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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

GRAPHIC ARROWS:
OUTSIDE TYPE USAGE
As well as inside the arrows,
typography can be placed outside of
the arrows.
The typography alignment should
always relate to the right angle created
by the arrows.

Left alignment

L
A M OR
M A E
E
M
ET T C DO IP
U O LO U
RE RA NS R
C DI E
IN P
G

Right alignment

L
M OR
A AD EM
E M O
RE TU ET LO IPU
C RA CO R
IN D N
G IP S
E

N
IC
M T E
EE O
YO T
U

Examples are shown here and on


page 33.

N
TO IC
E
M
YO EE
U T

Left alignment

Right alignment

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GRAPHIC ARROWS:
USING CROPS
AND ANGLES

Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

The Demand Media logo, and individual


graphic arrows can be cropped in different
ways to create dynamic layouts. Some
simple examples are shown here.
The arrows can appear in a variety of
layouts and directions to suit the needs of
the layout. The arrows can be rotated 90
or 45.
The arrows can either be used as a pair
(facing each other) or as standalone
directional arrows.
When using as a pair (examples 1, 3, 5 & 6)
the distance between the arrows should
always remain the same. Please do not
move arrows closer together, or further
apart.

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LO
M R
A AD EM
ET ME O I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

Filename: DM_arrow_crops.ai
This file containds multiple editable layouts.
These will give you a starting point for
creating layouts.

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U
IP R
M LO SE
RE DO N IP
LO A O D ET
M T C RA AR
E U
M T G
A E IN
C

An Adobe Illustrator file containing various


graphic arrow layouts can be found in the
brand assets folder:

L
M OR
A
E
A
ET ME DO M I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

GRAPHIC ARROWS:
USING ARROWS AND
TYPOGRAPHY

Identity

L
A M OR
M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
RE P
T

Brand Guidelines
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Please note, you will need Adobe Illustrator


to edit and create design layouts.
Also note, you will need the font Gotham
Rounded Bold installed to edit the text.

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET
LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

1. DO use our base colors with any white arrows

L
M OR
A
E
A
ET ME DO M I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

Some general rules when using color:


When using our color palette, try to stick
to using a core color + white.
(see example 1)
When using two colors together, pick a
complimentary palette, such as two blue
shades, or two green shades
(see example 2)
You can use secondry colors to complement core colors, but as outlined above,
the colors should be complementary.
(see example 2)

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3. DO use colors that complement each other

U
IP R
M LO SE
RE DO N IP
LO A O D ET
M T C RA AR
E U
M T G
A E IN
C

We have a vibrant color palette so we


need to be careful when using it to avoid
clashing colors.

L
A M OR
M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
RE P
T

USING COLOR:
DOs

2. DO use colors that complement each other

LO
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A AD EM
ET ME O I
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IN R C R
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Below are some approved color combinations. Please note, some of these utilize our secondary pale colors.

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

Please only use two colors together in


addition to white.
(see example 3)
If in doubt, keep it simple.

Above: Any mix or core color + white is encouraged.

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

Above: When mixing core colors, stick to blue and green.

Above: Use secondary colors to complement the core palette.

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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

DONT use clashing colors

DONT use color combinations that are illegible

LO
M R
A AD EM
ET ME O I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

L
M OR
A
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A
ET ME DO M I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

DONT use 3 varying colors for all graphic elements

U
IP R
M LO SE
RE DO N IP
LO A O D ET
M T C RA AR
E U
M T G
A E IN
C

The examples on this page show how


not to use our colors. In fact they are so
garish you need sunglasses just to look
at them.

L
A M OR
M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
RE P
T

USING COLOR:
DONTs

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Avoid these color combinations They clash and many are difficult to read

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR
AMET CONSE
ETURADIP
CING ARET

LOREM IPU
MADOLOR AMET
CONSE ETUR
CING ARET

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L
M OR
A
E
A
E M DO M
C TU ET LO IPU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T
U
IP R
M LO SE
RE DO N IP
LO A CO ADRET
M T R A
E U
M T G
A E IN
C

L
M OR
A AD EM
E M O
C TU ET LO IPU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T OF

Some hypothetical examples are shown on


this page.

L
M OR
A AD EM
M O
ET L IP
CO OR U
N
SE

When placing images within the arrows,


please be mindful of composition. Do not
crop out important parts of the image
(such as faces) and ensure that the outline
shape of the arrow is always clearly visible.

LO
R
D
CO O EM
N LO IP
S R U
RE D E E A M
C IP TU ME A
IN C R T
A IN A
RE G
T

Photography can either be placed within


the arrows, or can be used full bleed with
the arrows on top of the image.

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

L
M OR
A A E
ET ME DO M I
C U T LO PU
IN R C R
G AD O
A IP NS
RE
E
T

GRAPHIC ARROWS:
USING PHOTOGRAPHY

Identity

L
A M OR
M A E
ET D M
C ETU CO OL IPU
IN R N O
G A S R
A DI E
RE P
T

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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

WHATS THAT YOU SAY?


SPEECH BUBBLE GRAPHIC
In addition to the core arrowhead shapes,
there is a speech bubble shape that can
be used in graphic layouts.
The speech bubble shape should always
contain typography, and should never be
used as a standalone shape.
Please refer to the guidelines on this page
that outline the correct distance relationship between the typography and the
speech bubble.
An Adobe Illustrator file containing the
speech bubble can be found in the brand
assets folder:

To calculate the correct distance relationship


from the type block to the speech bubble,
divide the height by 10%. This will give you
the correct border width.

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RE U T LO PU
C RA CO R
IN D N
G IP S
E

Height of
Speech
bubble = X

Please note, you will need the font


Gotham Rounded Bold installed to edit the
typography.

L
M OR
A A E
ET ME DO M I
RE U T LO PU
C RA CO R
IN D N
G IP S
E

Filename: DM_speechbubble.ai

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PRETTY PICTURES
PHOTOGRAPHY USAGE
Our photography captures a slice of
everyday life. Its never fake or frivolous.
It should make you feel like you are right
there in the room. Its about telling stories
through personalities, interactions, and
experiences. So it feels real, honest and
straightforward.
OUR APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY
natural and relaxednot posed or artificial
everyday and honestsomething we can
all relate to in real life (with warts and
all, our coffee cups are dirty, our boots
have mud on them, our shirts wrinkled
this makes them more believable)
personal and engagingcapturing
emotions and intimacy.
sometimes funny. Real life can be a little
weird, goofy, and funny. Were not afraid
to celebrate that.

Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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Brand Guidelines
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PHOTOGRAPHY USAGE
Further examples.

Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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Brand Guidelines
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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

PHOTOGRAPHY
DONTs

DONT use images where people are posing,


or are used as props like in a catalog

DONT use interior design that is not


lived-in, or is contrively staged

DONT use flat, cold lighting

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Brand Guidelines
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THE MAKING OF
AN ICON
A number of icons have been designed
to communicate the many different types
of content we produce, and the many
different audiences we reach.
But please use the icons with restraint.
Yes, theyre cute, but please dont sprinkle
them on every brand communication.
They are there to support specific themes
in marketing communications.
The icons can appear in any of our
primary colors.
Please refer to the basic guidelines on
page 42.
All of these icons can be found in the file:
DM_all_icons.ai

Identity

FOOD

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

HOME

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AUTO

Identity

PETS

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA

Identity

TECHNOLOGY

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

FINANCE

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LIVESTRONG

Identity

HEALTH

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

MOMS

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STYLE

Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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Identity

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

PLEASE DONT...

PLEASE DO...

Please follow the guides below


to keep us looking our best.

Here are some examples of icons


used in a thoughtful way.

DONT squeeze text


inside of the icons

DONT place icons


within other icons

DONT overlap icons

DO group icons together


into compositions, but
please keep to 90 or 45
rotation of icons.

DO use them next to text or


call-to-action.

LEARN
MORE
VIEW
SLIDESHOW

DONT add drop


shadows

DONT replace letters


with icons

DONT rotate icons


unless 90 or 45 as
part of a group
(see right).

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Design Examples

EX D
A ES
M I
PL GN
ES

ST
W A
IN EB TI
TE S ON
R ITE ER
N
Y
A
L
PR
IN
T

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Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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Design Examples

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

Digital letterhead template. Filename: DM_letterhead.doc

STATIONERY
1333 2ND STREET STE 100
SANTA MONICA
CA. 90402
WWW.DEMANDMEDIA.COM

P/ 310.123.4567
F/ 310.123.4567
E/ ACCOUNTS@DEMANDMEDIA.COM

Mr John Smith

Dear Name,

Company Title
340 Bryant Street
San Francisco
CA 94107
USA

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exernatis dusam quam fuga.

Date:
03.05.2011

Helvetica Regular
10pt on 13pt linespacing

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Envelope

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fuga. Iquiatquia sequidelest, alit fugit fugiaes diat.
Regards,
John Smith

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Design Examples

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL

Email Signature

From:
John Smith
Subject: Brand Guidelines
Date:
May 25, 2011 10:14AM GMT
Cc:

Dear Sir,
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eleifend dolor, ac porta nunc nisi elementum orci. Phasellus a ipsum eros. Donec mattis nunc et urna faucibus
quis laoreet magna eleifend. Maecenas imperdiet faucibus tellus vel placerat. Nullam quis nisl eu leo faucibus
accumsan.
Best Regards,
Nest

Peter Luttrell
SVP Ad Solutions & Brand Management

Demand Media
1333 2nd Street Ste 100
Santa Monica, CA. 90402
www.demandmedia.com
peter.luttrell@demandmedia.com
310.917.6438

Peter Luttrell
SVP Ad Solutions & Brand Management

Demand Media
1333 2nd Street Ste 100
Santa Monica, CA. 90402
www.demandmedia.com
peter.luttrell@demandmedia.com
310.917.6438

Arial Regular and Bold


12px typesize
14px linespacing
Color
R 102
G 110
B 118

Horizontal lines:
Repeated em-Dash
(Option key plus )
Color
R209
G211
B212
Horizontal lines should be
at a length, depending on
the staff name and title
(longest line)

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WEBSITE

Design Examples

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

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Design Examples

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

INTERNAL PRINT
Shown on the following pages are
hypothetical examples, showing the brand
identity applied across various materials.

Notebook: The arrow has been adapted to create a pencil

New Employee Handbook: Embossed arrows onto neutral kraft card

Annual Report cover:

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Design Examples

Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

INTERNAL WALL GRAPHICS

POSTER

TOTE BAG

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Demand Media
brand@demandmedia.com

DESIGN MATTERS
If youve just read these guidelines, you have
our appreciation. It means you share our belief
in details and quality. We know applying these
principles takes time and effort, but the stories
we tell in all our Demand Media communications
will be stronger for it.
If you ever have additional questions about our
visual identity and its application in design, dont
hesitate to contact brand@demandmedia.com
Thank you.

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