Fresno State color palette

Color is foundation to a strong and easily recognizable identity.

When it comes to branding, conveying a simple idea of meaning and differentiation requires a color palette that properly expresses our bold, strategic positioning.

Primary Colors

Fresno State's official primary colors are Cardinal Red and Blue. They represent Fresno State at the highest level and are the predominant colors in all communications and design layouts.

  • Cardinal Red
    • CMYK: 0, 100, 79, 20
    • RGB: 196, 18, 48
    • HSL: 350, 83, 42
    • HEX: #c41230

    The color red signifies Fresno State’s pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. Red is energizing. Red is BOLD. It is one of the most highly-visible colors that often represents power, courage and tradition. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

    If you are using a spot color, please use Pantone 186 for accurate color reproduction.

  • Blue
    • CMYK: 100, 67, 0, 23
    • RGB: 0, 44, 118
    • HSL: 218, 100, 23
    • HEX: #002c76

    The color blue is one of the three primary colors in traditional color theory, as well as in the RGB color model. Blue communicates trust, responsibility, honesty and loyalty. It promotes inspiration, freedom and imagination. Blue is dependable and predictable, a safe and non-threatening color, and the most universally liked color of all.

    If you are using a spot color, please use Pantone 2133 for accurate color reproduction.

Secondary Colors

  • Cool Gray
    • CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 31
    • RGB: 206, 209, 212
    • HSL: 210, 7, 82
    • HEX: #ced1d4

    An additional color, Cool Gray, was added to the primary color palette when the new Fresno State logo was introduced in 2009. In the three-color version of the logo, the horizontal rule below the wordmark is displayed in Cool Gray. In the two-color version, the horizontal rule is displayed in blue. The single-color version is displayed in either black or white (inverse).

    If you are using a spot color, please use Pantone Cool Gray 6 for accurate color reproduction.

  • White
    • CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 0
    • RGB: 255, 255, 255
    • HSL: 0, 0, 100
    • HEX: #ffffff

    Remember that white is an important part of our color palette. White space is an essential component of a healthy design, and should be considered a brand color in conjunction with this palette.