School logo ideas

We spend a significant portion of our lives in school. Some of us went to private school, public school, stayed home for home school or went to a specialized school like a dance academy or art institution. Regardless of specialty or affiliation, all schools have the same mission – attract students, provide quality education, and send graduates out into the world.

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Color palette

If you think of major American educational institutions (particularly those with accomplished sports teams), you can probably name the school’s colors. Michigan State University is green and white; Boston College is maroon and gold. We recommend choosing two colors for your school logo: typically one dark (e.g. forest green or deep blue) and one light (white or gold).

Symbol

The symbol you choose for your school logo should represent the values or focus of the institution. Many schools opt for a crest or shield with smaller symbols within it to represent truth, discipline, knowledge, and so on. But don’t feel limited by a crest. You could also consider a symbol of a school mascot. For an art academy, a paintbrush could work well, as could a silhouette of a ballerina for a dance school.

Typography

The number one goal for typography in a school logo should be legibility. Your school name should be easy to read, even at a distance. And it should look good at both small and large scales (from school letterhead to the sign at the front of the school). Many schools achieve this by opting for a timeless sans-serif font. A font that’s too modern or eccentric may not appear as established or professional.

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