"The University at Albany has changed a great deal in the past 159 years. While this institution continues to evolve, we remain closely tied to our proud past and longstanding reputation for excellence. I am proud to unveil the University's wonderful new logo -- which we believe truly captures our important history as well as our bold vision for the future," said President Hitchcock.
As UAlbany gains growing recognition both nationally and internationally, the University sought to create a new identity system that reflects the quality of its academic and research programs. At the same time, special consideration was made to address the University's unique history. Historically, the University seal has served as the institution's logo. However, with the advent of electronic media, other publications and a campus signage and wayfinding initiative, there was a driving need to update it and create a bolder graphic symbol.
The new University logo consists of a redesigned wordmark and the Minerva symbol. The Minerva symbol is derived from the updated University seal. The arched frame that surrounds Minerva represents the modern architecture of the main campus.
The new identity is the result of the efforts of a campus-wide identity committee consisting of administrative staff, students, alumni and deans who guided the design team in producing the new seal and logos. The identity committee also aimed to foster a flexible identity system and guidelines that aid in the consistent use of the design.
The Albany-based firm Oberlander Design created the logos and identity system. The new identity will be phased in over the next several years.