Photography & Video

The average human processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text (!) This makes imagery an essential tool for communicating and reinforcing our brand identity and core messaging. Our brand standards for imagery align with those created for fonts and colors, graphics, logos and marks, etc. Here you’ll find guidance on curating imagery that supports your business goals while also maintaining a consistent presentation of our brand across your audience touchpoints.

Photography Style

Photography is essential to capturing and showcasing the vibrancy of our campus. Well-crafted still images connect audiences to our people and our work in ways that words cannot. To ensure your visual storytelling is compelling, impactful and on brand, please use the following guidelines when you photograph or curate images for campus communications and marketing efforts:

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Strong points of focus

CU Anschutz

Narrow depths of field


Deep depths of field

CU Anschutz Block Party

Real-world settings and people

Faculty Photo

Natural lighting


Honest, authentic moments

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Video & Multimedia

As with still imagery, video and interactive content are two of the most dynamic, impactful ways to reach your audience with memorable and meaningful brand-supportive communications.

Following these best practices will help ensure your video content supports both your unit strategy and the greater CU Anschutz brand:

  • Create for widescreen (16:9) format
  • Include title and closing cards with the CU Anschutz logo to clearly identify ownership and affiliation
  • Incorporate the university’s colors and typography into your video’s design (in lower thirds, background graphics, etc.)
  • Observe the approved naming guidelines for all spoken and visual content
  • Develop a content distribution strategy to ensure your content is seen and shared
  • Ensure clear titling for online content. If your content will be housed online (via YouTube, etc.) make sure your video’s title is clear, concise and easy to comprehend

The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Generated Visuals in Campus Branding and Marketing

The use of AI generative technologies for images or visuals associated with communications and marketing efforts must follow all established university policies and guidance for information technology resources – including legal and ethical use policies. Furthermore, any visuals associated with marketing efforts, including those generated through the use of AI technologies, are still required to adhere to University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus visual branding identity and application standards. It is recommended careful consideration be taken while using generative AI technologies given the further challenges in addressing AI copyright, intellectual property rights and infringement and the lack of judicial guidance or regulation on these topics.

As an additional note, existing sites that utilize stock photography have begun to feature AI generated images in their libraries. Users should be aware if selected stock photography is AI generated and represents the CU Anschutz brand correctly. For more information, please view OIT's guidance and CU System's guidance.

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