Think Inside the Box

The Block N logo is always an "N" inside of a box. Whether it's on a dark or light background, our "N" never stands alone. Our logo is available in a standard version for white or light backgrounds, and a "reversed" version for presentation on a dark background. The following variations allow for flexibility for use in different types of communications. The Block N logo can be used either  alone or in combination with the words "University of Nevada, Reno"  in vertical and horizontal formats.

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Block N

Block N Logo

Vertical Format

Vertical Format Logo

Horizontal Format

Horizontal Logo

Logo Usage

What is the logo?

The Block N logo consists of a custom "letterman-style" slab-serif "N" surrounded by a perfectly square field of blue. The "N" must always appear inside the square. On a dark background, a white stroke must appear around the square.

When should I use the logo?

All of the time, on every publication and website. The logo must be on the cover of all publications and promotional items. The logo can be a part of a die-cut or embossed.

How about websites?

The University logo should appear on all websites, preferably in the upper left-hand corner of the site. See University Home Page or College of Engineering or College of Education for examples.

Can I change the color?

No. The printed logo should appear in one of the official colors. If printing in 1 or 2 colors, one color must always be black or PMS 282 (Blue). In CMYK, please use the equivalent process color.

Can I apply special effects?

No. The logo should appear unaltered in every application and should not be stretched or have a drop shadow or any other effect applied. The bounding box should always appear around the N and the proportion of the N should not be changed within the box. Do not crop the blue space around the N. On a blue or dark background, the box around the logo should have a white "stroke" or outline. The logo should stand alone. Any type or images around the logo should not obscure or crowd it. The clear space around the logo must be at least half the height of the Block N logo.

Block N with spacing illustrated around it

Can I have my own logo?

No. Secondary logos should not be created. However, on occasion, Marketing & Communications reserves the right to create special identifiers for University units to assist them with marketing objectives. 

Is there a minimum size for the Block N logo?

The logo should be proportional to size of your publication, promotional item, or website. The minimum size for the Block N is ¼˝; however, this size is appropriate only for promotional items like pens and pencils. If the logo is used in combination with the logotype, the overall height should be no smaller than ¾˝.