the Duke wordmark with a proportional margin

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The Duke Wordmark

The word “Duke” in Garamond font is the “Duke wordmark.”

A second version of the wordmark includes the word “University” and both are acceptable.

The wordmark should be used on stationery, business cards and letterhead. It may also be used in print materials, including brochures, newsletters, flyers and advertisements as well as on websites and in other digital properties.

The wordmark may be used as a standalone or combined with an entity name in compliance with Duke’s guidelines for sub-branding and partnerships.


  1. Always use an official wordmark file.
  2. Alterations of any kind are not permitted.
  3. The wordmark may not be surrounded with—or placed on top of—a pattern or design.
  4. The wordmark may not be rotated or rendered three-dimensionally.
  5. Additional copy, images or any other new elements should not be added to the wordmark without approval.


Download The Official Duke Wordmark

Composition, Proportions and Spacing

Two versions of the Duke wordmark with proportional margins
The Duke wordmark is set in the typeface Garamond LT 3. When using the Duke wordmark, always use an official logo file. Never try to recreate the wordmark. To re-size the wordmark, always constrain proportions by locking the aspect ratio so the height and width are scaled together. There should always be a buffer zone surrounding the Duke wordmark, with no type nor graphics appearing in the zone (the buffer zone is the space that is half of the height (1/2 x) of the capital D in “Duke” (x) in the wordmark – it extends above, below, to the left and to the right of the wordmark). For a printed piece the Duke wordmark placement shall be at least 1/2” from the edge or top of page. The capital D in “Duke” in the wordmark shall be no smaller than 3/8” (see height of x).

Branding for Units and Partnerships

There are established conventions and compositional rules for using the Duke brand as part of the visual identity for university units and for external partnerships.
A diagram illustrating how to compose a horizontal co-branded Duke entity logo.

For guidelines and downloadable templates, please visit the Branding Guidelines page.

For information on graphic trademarks and licensing, visit the Duke Communicator’s Toolkit.