Digital Media Brand

Consistency of visual design and navigation enables CSU Dominguez Hills to communicate clear and effective messages on Internet and intranet websites, and other digital channels. Web design recommendations, graphic elements. templates, and style sheets have been developed and should be used on all CSUDH websites.

The use of branded elements such as headers, Web-ready logos, common navigation bars and footers, will enable divisions, colleges, departments and units to create sites that are consistent with all other CSU Dominguez Hills websites. This consistency enhances our users' experience and ability to navigate and find the information needed.

These guidelines will continue to evolve as different forms of online media develop.

New and Redesigned Sites

Prior to launch, all new and redesigned official university websites must be reviewed by:

It is recommended you consult with the University Communications and Marketing office when a new site is being planned.

Web Accessibility

All official university websites are required to comply with accessibility laws and CSU policy. Any exceptions must be approved by the University Web Manager.

The CSU is committed to ensuring accessibility of its web sites, web content and web applications for people with disabilities. Additional information and resources can be found here:

Also see the CSU Chancellor’s Office Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI).

Video Style

The brand guidelines for print and photography also apply to university videos. Whenever possible, capturing subjects such as students, faculty and alumni interacting in the classroom, research or work space reinforces the CSU Dominguez Hills brand and adds authenticity to your video.

Rather than just showing a perfectly lit talking head, a mix of shots and resetting the frame during filming can adds visual interest.

Look for opportunities to capture B-roll of persons at work, in their learning areas, or moving about the campus or their environment. This footage can be mixed with interviews, to make the video more dynamic. Movement can also be conveyed by resetting the frame during the interview.

Videos for the Web

Keep web video length under three minutes to keep viewers engaged. This also ensures a smaller file size that uses less bandwidth and loads faster.

Bumper

An opening bumper includes the CSUDH logo and should be placed at the head of any video project to brand it as a CSUDH production. The closing bumper at the end of the production states that the production is the intellectual property of CSU Dominguez Hills and displays the year of copyright.

Captions and Messages

The lower third area is used to identify speakers and to convey other information such as websites and locations. It is recommended to use the CSUDH fonts and colors found in the visual brand guidelines.