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3. Colours

The Ghent University identity is universally recognizable with its corporate Blue + White. 

This is combined with an accent colour: either the Ghent University Yellow in corporate communication, or an extra faculty supporting colour in faculty communication.

3.1 Legend

This page shows all official Ghent University colour codes. Do not create your own variations of these colours.

Be aware that computer screens, laser and inkjet printers reproduce colours differently. As a result the displayed colours may deviate slightly from the actual colours.

CODES FOR PROFESSIONAL PRINTED MATTER: BROCHURES, FLYERS...

  • PMS: ‘Pantone Matching System’ is only available in offset printing, not in digital printing. You pay per pre-mixed, solid colour. 
  • CMYK: the standard in professional offset or digital printing. Also called ‘quadri’, ‘full colour’ or ‘four colour printing’. Colour results from a mix of 4 colours Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black).

CODES FOR MONITOR: WEBSITES, PRESENTATIONS...

  • RGB: all colours result from a mix of primary light colours Red, Green and Blue, expressed in numeric values. For use in, for example, PowerPoint.
  • HEX: RGB colours expressed in hexadecimal notation. For use in html code (websites).

CODES FOR PAINT

  • NCS: where possible use ‘Natural Colour System’. This is the best match for the colour printing. 
  • RAL: only use ‘Reed Activated Lubrication’ when NCS is not available.

 

ADOBE SOFTWARE: LOAD SAMPLES

In graphic software from Adobe (such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) you can insert these colour codes automatically:

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3.2 Corporate colours

The Ghent University colour palette consists of 4 primary colours:

  1. Always use combination Ghent University Blue – White.
  2. Combine with Ghent University Yellow as accent colour in corporate communication.
  3. Use black mainly for continuous text.
  • UGent Blue
    • PMS 300 C / 300 U
    • CMYK 100-40-0-0
    • RGB 30-100-200
    • HEX #1E64C8
    • NCS S2065-R90B
    • RAL (traffic blue) 5017
  • UGent Yellow
    • PMS 109 C / 108 U
    • CMYK 0–10–100–0
    • RGB 255–210–0
    • HEX #FFD200
    • NCS S0580-Y
    • RAL (zinc yellow) 1018
  • White (paper)
    • PMS
    • CMYK 0–0–0–0
    • RGB 255–255–255
    • HEX #FFFFFF
  • Black
    • PMS Black C / Black U
    • CMYK 0–0–0–100
    • RGB 0–0–0
    • HEX #000000

3.3 Colour proportions

The ‘look-n-feel’ of Ghent University in corporate communication is always primarily blue on white, yellow as secondary accent colour and black for the usual continuous (body)text.

Ratios of the 4 corporate colours to each other (intuitive)

3.4 Colour gradients

Always use as standard the basic colour at 100%.

In certain situations, e.g. for charts and tables, tints in steps of 10% are allowed, to create more contrast in the colour spectrum.

3.5 Faculty colours

Every faculty has its own supporting colour. This allows faculties to create their own identity.

All 11 colours are carefully matched to each other. They are historically determined from colour accents on the togas in 1993.

Use the supporting colour of the faculty in combination with Ghent University Blue (and White). A faculty colour replaces Ghent University Yellow.

Faculty colour use: combination Ghent University blue + faculty colour
  • UGent Blue
    • PMS 300 C / 300 U
    • CMYK 100-40-0-0
    • RGB 30-100-200
    • HEX #1E64C8
    • NCS S2065-R90B
    • RAL (traffic blue) 5017
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (LW) Orange
    • PMS 130 C / 129 U
    • CMYK 0–32–100–0
    • RGB 241–164–43
    • HEX #F1A42B
    • NCS S0580-Y20R
    • RAL (signal yellow) 1003
  • Faculty of Law and Criminology (RE) Warm red
    • PMS 179 C / 485 U
    • CMYK 0–87–85–0
    • RGB 220–78–40
    • HEX #DC4E28
    • NCS S1080-Y80R
    • RAL (vermilion) 2002
  • Faculty of Sciences (WE) Aqua
    • PMS 7703 C / 639 U
    • CMYK 75–0–10–3
    • RGB 45–140–168
    • HEX #2D8CA8
    • NCS S2050-B10G
    • RAL geen match
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (GE) Salmon pink
    • PMS 709 C / 709 U
    • CMYK 0–69–29–0
    • RGB 232–94–113
    • HEX #E85E71
    • NCS S0565-R
    • RAL (rose) 3017
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (EA) Grey blue
    • PMS 2123 C / 2727 U
    • CMYK 63–32–0–0
    • RGB 111–113–185
    • HEX #6F71B9
    • NCS S2050-R80B
    • RAL (distant blue) 5023
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (EB) Light green
    • PMS 7744 C / 7744 U
    • CMYK 31–5–100–0
    • RGB 174–176–80
    • HEX #AEB050
    • NCS S2060-G70Y
    • RAL geen match
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (DI) Purple
    • PMS 2583 C / 2583 U
    • CMYK 44–70–0–0
    • RGB 130–84–145
    • HEX #825491
    • NCS S2050-R50B
    • RAL (signal violet) 4008
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (PP) Warm orange
    • PMS 158 C / 158 U
    • CMYK 0–61–97–0
    • RGB 251–126–58
    • HEX #FB7E3A
    • NCS S1080-Y50R
    • RAL (deep orange) 2011
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (BW) Turquoise
    • PMS 2397 C / 2397 U
    • CMYK 74–0–29–0
    • RGB 39–171–173
    • HEX #27ABAD
    • NCS S1050-B30G
    • RAL (turquoise blue) 5018
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FW) Light purple
    • PMS 674 C / 674 U
    • CMYK 16–83–0–0
    • RGB 190–81–144
    • HEX #BE5190
    • NCS S2060-R30B
    • RAL (traffic purple) 4006
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences (PS) Green
    • PMS 7738 C / 7738 U
    • CMYK 71–0–100–0
    • RGB 113–168–96
    • HEX #71A860
    • NCS S2060-G20Y
    • RAL (yellow green) 6018

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