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The typeface/font plays an important role in the brand for LWTech. It is the written and read voice of LWTech and must reflect the same values and identity that LWTech embraces. The voice, much like the visuals, must be consistent to the brand to create a relatable identity.
LWTech has adopted the use of the following sans serif typefaces for official use in print and digital: Futura STD, Myriad Pro, and Arial. These typefaces have been selected for their wide range of weights, obliques, condensed forms, versatility of languages, glyphs, and for excellent legibility.
Arial font family is the most universally available, so if you don’t have at least that, seek out help with Information Technology Services. The typefaces are ranked in terms of preference and availability (most to least; left to right below).
The LWTech website uses Google webfont Roboto font family with a fall back to the browser's default sans-serif font. These fonts should only be used on the website. These are pre-programmed styles within our website. Web editors need not worry about setting the font style, nor should they be modifying font styles when editing web pages.
Only the Futura typeface (in this document the typeface Futura includes families Futura, Futura STD, Futura PT) is the foundational font used to accompany the LWTech symbol. Futura STD Heavy typeface is used in the LWTech logos and logotype (see Logos). Additionally, Futura STD Medium can only be used in the LWTech Program logos. No other typeface(s) can be used as a branded representation of LWTech in this way.
The Futura typeface is representative of LWTech for the following reasons:
Futura, in addition to being the branded typeface for LWTech, is also excellent beyond logos and can be used for display and text. However, neither Communications & Marketing (C&M), nor Information Technology Services distributes this typeface for free, therefore an individual purchase of the license is needed.
If you have the budget and want to use Futura:
The licensing agreement that LWTech has with Adobe for Creative Cloud is an institution-based one, where all faculty, staff, and students enjoying Adobe Creative Cloud via LWTech on-campus for work, are technically signing on through the single entity of LWTech. There is no Portfolio, Performance or Business Typekit plan through the LWTech entity. To gain access to those typekit plans, an individual plan needs to be purchased separately, established, and maintained.
Not legally, no. All typefaces are licensed. So to use it legally, you need to buy the license.
Free alternatives for use in print are available, although these are not preferred (see previous section). These include (in preferential order): Myriad Pro and Arial, which are available on most operating systems.
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