The primary colors for Wake Forest University are Wake Forest Gold and black. These are the traditional colors of our University and evoke a rich heritage that has been part of Wake Forest from the beginning.
Wake Forest Gold suggests prestige and nobility, qualities that reflect the stature of our institution. Yet it is also a warm color, indicating the humanity at the heart of our achievements. Wake Forest Gold is generally best when used in judicious amounts rather than as the dominant color in an application.
Black is the color of boldness and strength, reflected in the confidence and courage that characterize the Wake Forest academic culture.
For examples of appropriate use of the Primary Palette, please refer to the Brochures section of this guide.
Always reproduce colors using the formulas specified in this guide. Do not use the standard software translation values when converting PMS colors to CMYK or RGB. Always reproduce the colors in the Primary Palette at 100%; do not screen.
CMYK: 35, 45, 92, 12
RGB: 158, 126, 56
CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 100
RGB: 0, 0, 0
Web Text Palette
The Wake Forest Gold has been darkened slightly for text on the web to aid in accessibility and should be used on a white background. This is for website visitors with visual disabilities who are more easily able to read text with color contrast ratios of 4.5:1 or greater and is required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. (For more details about our web styles, visit https://styleguide.web.wfu.edu/)
RGB: 140, 109, 44
The secondary colors for Wake Forest University are a warm yellow-gold and dark gray. These colors support our primary colors while offering variety.
CMYK: 0 16 89 0
RGB: 253 195 20
PMS Cool Gray 11
CMYK: 44 34 22 77
RGB: 83 86 90
Optional Secondary Palette
Any further secondary colors are permitted, as long as they are not Duke blue, Carolina blue or State red. Secondary colors should be used sparingly, for application such as bar charts, emphasizing text or distinguishing particular events.
We provide below an optional palette of secondary colors that work well with each other and our primary colors for the convenience of anyone who doesn’t want to choose their own secondary colors.
RGB: 0 101 138
CMYK: 96 22 8 29
RGB: 233 156 79
CMYK: 0 40 71 0
RGB: 0 146 112
CMYK: 100 0 68 1
RGB: 215 31 15
CMYK: 0 95 100 0
RGB: 150 20 116
CMYK: 34 100 6 17
The paper stock for all stationery items is Neenah Environment PC100 White. It is a 100-percent post-consumer-waste (PCW), FSC certified paper.
The paper stock for all uncoated collateral materials is:
Neenah Environment PC100 White – 100% PCW – FSC
Sundance Ultra White – 30% PCW – Green Seal certified
Domtar Cougar 10% PCW – FSC
The paper stock for all coated collateral materials is:
Sappi Lustro Offset Environment White (Dull White) – 30% PCW
Utopia U2 and U2:XG Dull or Matte White. U2 is FSC and 10% PCW, U2:XG is FSC and 30% PCW
Eco Varsity Matte White 30% PCW
If there is a need for the occasional use of specialty papers, select stocks that have at least 10% post-consumer waste content.
Wake Forest University is committed to environmental responsibility, as reflected in its selection of recycled paper stocks for official University communications. For questions about paper stock usage, contact Reynolda Campus Creative Services or Bowman Gray Campus Creative Communications.
PANTONE® and PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® (PMS) are the property of Pantone, Inc. The colors shown on this page and throughout this guide have not been evaluated by Pantone, Inc. for accuracy and may not match the PANTONE® Color Standards. For accurate standards, refer to current PANTONE® publications.