unilogos Review

Posted Mon 7th Jun 2010 Updated Mon 13th Nov 2017 approx. 1 min read

Heriot-Watt University

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An evolved version of the logo, that gets rid of the ‘tab’ graphic and lets it all hang together more simply. A good decision.

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The typeface is a solid serif, that treads the well worn path of uppercase serif font and a coat of arms, good use is made of the differing lengths of the text to bring the elements closer and play against each other, creating a tightly integrated block.

The guillotine shape acts offsets the overall block effect, and is mostly used as a tab at the top of a typical design; slightly more difficult when bleeding to the edge is impractical, but a keyline device is then used to define the shape.


There is a nice illustration of the coat of arms and explanation in a heritage guide to the history of the institution The version rendered in the logo is in a clear linear style that benefits from being displayed large, but can cope with the inevitable reductions.


A common problem with universities - they have a tradition that they would like to refer to, but would also like to present some dynamism and development. Heriot Watt have chosen a device to give the restrained and somewhat conservative logo some tension.

Tagged : Brand Guidelines , Shield , Blue , Scottish , Serif , Uppercase

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