Standards that Govern Use of Graphics in COM-FSM Publications

The College of Micronesia-FSM specifies Graphics Standards to maintain consistency and quality in its image to its stakeholders and the public at large. The Graphics Standards will:

  • Easily identify the college in publications
  • Eliminate confusion from the use of various seals and type settings
  • Demonstrate unity and organization
  • Establish the college as a professional organization

The Graphic Standard defines the use of the college seal, the official colors of the college, the type of fonts and sizes to be used in publications, and the college's photo policy.

All graphics and templates discussed in this manual can be found on the college's website at http://www.comfsm.fm/?q=publication-standards.


  1. The Proper Way to Use the COM-FSM Seal

    The seal of the College of Micronesia-FSM is as shown and cannot be altered in any way. It must be used in a size at least 1.5 inches across.


    Figure 1. The Official COM-FSM Seal

    The seal of the College of Micronesia-FSM is a circular graphic with elements that symbolize different aspects of the college and the region it serves. These elements consist of the following:

    • a canoe in blue, sailing on a blue ocean, with white arching lines as waves and with four stars outlined in blue in a white sky;
    • the words "COLLEGE OF MICRONESIA-FSM" in all capital letters, in the color white, in the font Arial arched upwards in the top hemisphere, where the left of the bottom hemisphere will have the circular graphic from the state flags of Yap, and Chuuk respectively;
    • the words "April - 1993" in all caps, in the color white, in the font Arial with a right drop shadow in blue;
    • the circular graphic from the state flags of Pohnpei and Kosrae respectively.

    When printed in color, the college seal must be in COM-FSM Blue and COM-FSM White (official college colors are defined on page 8 of this manual). Use of the college seal in black and white (where all the COM-FSM Blue is replaced with black) is permissible for internal documents in which the seal is copied or scanned.

    Dry Seal -transcript Gold
    Certificate of enrollment, SS, dry seal...EMBOSS

    For print material always use a high definition version of the seal. When printing the seal,

    resolution of 150 dpi or higher. This level of resolution will prevent the seal from being pixelated or blurred during the print process.

  2. How to Use the College Letterhead

    The official college letterhead will adhere to the style guidelines to render it an official document. Communications printed on college letterhead can only be official if it meets the requirements described in this style guide. Copies of official memos are deemed copies and do not carry official bearing.

    A template of the letterhead is available via the college’s website in such manner that the user will be able to alter the contact information and the office/department name. See Figure 2 on the following page for an example of the letterhead.

    The letterhead will:

    • be in color (COM-FSM Blue)
    • printed on Baronial Ivory stationary
    • The body/content of the letter will be printed in black text
    • The organization and formatting must match the prescriptions below.
    1. The college seal must be in color and printed at 1.5 inches squared
    2. The college name will appear in all caps, in COM-FSM Blue, in the font Garamond, and in size 18.
    3. The address of the campus will be printed in COM-FSM Blue, in the font Garamond, and in size 10.
      1. The address will consist of 3 lines only
        1. First line will read "P.O. BOX ###, Town, State
        2. Federated States of Micronesia Zip Code
        3. College web address: www.comfsm.fm
    4. The space of which the address appears will be 0.59 inches from top to bottom.
    5. The contact information will appear in COM-FSM Blue, in the font Garamond, and in size 10.
      1. The phone number(s) will appear on the left as pictured
      2. The fax number(s) will appear on the right
    6. The office name will appear in this location in the color COM-FSM blue, the font Garamond and in size 8.
    7. The footer will have the words "Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges" printed in the color COM-FSM blue, the font Garamond and in size 10.

    Figure 2. An Example of COM-FSM Letterhead.

  3. Official COM-FSM Colors

    COM-FSM specifies two official colors for use in its publications. The table below defines these colors in terms of values in the various color systems.

    Table 1. Official Color Values at COM-FSM
    Color Pantone WEB CMYK RGB LAB
    COM-FSM Blue Blue 072 C #000099
    C: 100%
    M: 98%
    Y: 5%
    K: 6%
    R:0
    G:0
    B:153
    L:15
    A:47
    B:-77
    COM-FSM White Opaque White has no Pantone No. #fffff
    C: 0%
    M: 0%
    Y: 0%
    K: 0%
    R:255
    G:255
    B:255
    L:100
    A:0
    B:0

    Note:
    Microsoft Word allows you to select the RGB value for COM-FSM Blue in font colors. (This entire note is colored in COM-FSM Blue.)

    1. Select the text you wish to color.
    2. Click the down arrow on the font color icon on the font toolbar.
    3. Select "More Colors."
    4. Select "Custom."
    5. Fill in the RGB values for COM-FSM Blue.

  4. How to Select Fonts Types and Sizes

    The official college type fonts are Arial, Calibri, Cambria, and Garamond. You must use these fonts in all formal college publications. Note that different fonts of the same point size can appear larger or smaller than others.

    Table 2. Official College Fonts--COM-FSM

    Font

    Example & Text Size (12 pt.)

    Title/Heading Size (levels should display 4 pt. differences)

    Arial

    Type font

    Type font (24 pt.)
    Type font (20 pt.)
    Type font (16 pt.)

    The only exceptions would be for proposals or reports to external agencies that require specific fonts for submission.

    Font

    Example & Text Size (12 pt.)

    Title/Heading Size (levels should display 4 pt. differences)

    Calibri

    Type font

    • Type font (24 pt.)
    • Type font (20 pt.)
    • Type font (16 pt.)

    Cambria Cambria
    • Type font (24 pt.)
    • Type font (20 pt.)
    • Type font (16 pt.)

    Garamond Garamond
    • Type font (24 pt.)
    • Type font (20 pt.)
    • Type font (16 pt.)

    Note: different fonts of the same point size can appear relatively larger or smaller. For example, 12 pt. Garamond will seem smaller and more compact than 12 pt. Arial. You can use these differences to your advantage when designing a document.
  5. How to Use Photographs

    Photographs can communicate with powerful effects and need to be used with some thought behind their design.

    • All photos of the college must depict the college as a professional organization.
    • Ideal photos used in COM-FSM publications will demonstrate the college fulfilling its mission.
    • When using photos, always provide captions with identifying descriptions of people, places, or of the relevant subject matter being photographed.
    • Avoid using photo-editing software or techniques that would falsely or inaccurately depict people, places or relevant subject matter being photographed.

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