Cal State LA Brand

President Covino explains new Cal State LA Brand at University Convocation

As we continue pushing boundaries, we need to be thoughtful and deliberative about how they fit into our overall mission, values, and priorities. It is timely, then, that we begin the development of a new strategic plan for Cal State LA this year, as a guide to our future and a representation of our consensus. We took initial steps in that process over the last year, as we worked with input from the campus community to develop a new "brand" for Cal State LA.

As we know, a brand is more than just a logo. It is shaped by every image and word used in communication materials and interactions. As members of the Cal State LA community, we all have the opportunity to shape the perception of our University through every flyer we create, through social media posts, web pages, brochures and face-to-face interactions, both inside and outside the University.

Our previous logos and communication materials didn't always reflect our evolving personality. So, we engaged in a year-long process that sought to identify us in ways that are distinctive and true to both who we are and to where we are located. We asked hundreds of people—faculty, staff, alumni, students, parents, community and civic leaders—what does Cal State LA mean to you? In what ways are we a distinctive and distinguished university? 

The responses revealed the strengths and appeal of Cal State LA, and serve as the basis for our brand statement: Cal State LA is a premiere public comprehensive university that offers a transformative educational experience in the heart of Los Angeles.

The full implementation of the new brand, and the achievement of consistency with our new style guide, will take some time. We will use the fall quarter to introduce the new brand to our university community, beginning today. Each of the logo elements were carefully considered to reflect the strengths of Cal State LA. 

Brand Logo

The shield, with its urban architecture angles, represents the enterprising, global city in which we reside. Inside the shield, you will find iconic buildings—landmarks-from the Los Angeles skyline. They are drawn to scale and ascend upward, from left to right, pointing toward the future. 

The thick bordure (outer edge of the shield) has open corners that represent a campus that opens out to the region we serve, where students, faculty, staff, alumni and our community are shaped by Los Angeles and in turn shape its future. Meanwhile the curved gold horizon at the top signifies our infinite potential.

Our new fonts enhance and reinforce who we are and what we can be. The bold Futura font represents the strength of the California State University system, while the customized serif font expresses the distinctiveness and individuality of Los Angeles and this University. You may have also noticed, the 'A' in Cal State LA, features an eagle's beak at its tip.