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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Merchandise, Work Shirts and Promotional Apparel

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/standards/apparel/

University Printing Services is the preferred source for branded merchandise, apparel and employee work shirts. If you choose to work with an outside vendor to produce any of these products, you must complete and submit this form to receive approval.

Merchandise

Branded merchandise needs to use appropriate colors and must include either the University logo or full University name. If you have questions about applying any of the graphic standards to University-funded merchandise, please contact Doug Fenske, Director of Printing & Photocopying Services, 507-389-1181, douglas.fenske@mnsu.edu.

Work Shirts

Employee work shirts should have:

The Minnesota State Mankato image is available in vector format to merchandise vendors by contacting the Graphics Team (graphics@mnsu.edu) in Printing & Photocopying Services.

[PDF] Work Shirt Sample (374 KiB)
Minnesota State University Mankato employee t-shirt sample

Promotional Apparel

These standards apply to all promotional apparel produced by any University office, including residence halls, or Recognized Student Organization. Using personal funds for apparel representing a University-supported office or RSO does not exempt the shirt from brand standards, because the University brand is carried by the garment regardless of the funding source.

Apparel Production

We urge you to use the University’s Printing and Photocopy Services (as opposed to an outside vendor) for apparel production, in order to ensure proper branding and avoid copyright violations. If you instead choose to use an outside vendor to produce apparel, you must submit your design through the online submission form administered by Printing Services.

Any RSO that orders apparel through Printing Services will be offered one hour of professional design service at no cost.

University Name/Logo

All promotional apparel (except affiliation clothing and event/cause garments, as noted below) must contain one of the University’s official logos or the University name somewhere on the shirt. You may also add the official athletics Stomper icon, if desired.

Download the official University logos.

The two permitted versions of the University name are:

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State Mankato

Apparel Colors

Promotional attire may use any of the following 14 fabric colors:

  • Purple or gold (preferred as our school colors)
  • Any of these neutral solid colors:

    • white
    • natural/off-white
    • sand
    • tan
    • ice gray/light gray
    • gravel/medium gray
    • charcoal
    • black
  • Any of these heather colors:

    • heather purple
    • ash gray/light gray
    • sport gray/medium gray
    • tweed/charcoal

Choose from these imprint colors (with exceptions noted for color combinations associated with direct competitors):

  • purple and gold combined (preferred as our school colors)
  • purple
  • gold (but not acceptable as the only color on black fabric)
  • white (but not acceptable as the only color on purple fabric)
  • black (but not acceptable as the only color on gold fabric)

Affiliation Apparel

If you want your apparel to show the affiliation of a local chapter with a larger regional/national/international organization, such as a Greek fraternity or sorority, and you also want to use the University brand, you must do the following:

  • Use one of the neutral fabric colors listed above.

  • Show the name or logo of the University (as described above) and of the larger affiliated organization.

  • Choose from the imprint color options for the University noted above.

  • You may also use the imprint colors of the larger affiliated organization.

If you want to show only the larger affiliated organization’s brand, these standards do not apply.

Event and Cause Apparel

If you want to produce apparel for an event or cause that has a well-known tie to a specific color, such as pink for breast cancer awareness, please call Doug Fenske of Printing Services at 389-1181.

Questions?

If you have any questions about apparel design or production, please call Doug Fenske, director of Printing Services, 389-1181. He can answer your questions better by phone or in person at 309 Wiecking Center than by email. If you visit his office, he can show you shirt and fabric samples.