UBC Templates and Assets
Planning Documents, Policies and Best Practice Guides
Communications Planning Documents
This is your one-stop-shop for planning documents. They are simply formatted which make them easy to download and share with your team.
To help in the planning stages of creating any strategy, we recommend using our Creative Brief template as a starting off point.
Take to Market Plan Template
For more tactical planning, our Take to Market Plan template provides some form and function.
Our Post-Implementation-Review (PIR) is a post-project analysis for reporting on the effectiveness of your work.
Best Practice Guide Library
Whether you are familiarizing yourself with the UBC brand or just wanting to take a deeper dive into a particular communications discipline, these best practice guides will enhance your knowledge and ability to execute the UBC brand.
Brand Editorial Guidelines
Need guidelines for writing on-brand at UBC? Get clear on titles and grammar, clean up clunky structure and read valuable writing advice for communicators.
Indigenous Communications Guide
UBC communications are inclusive, respectful and sensitive to a richly diverse community. This guide will help you to understand the correct terminology to use when writing about Indigenous peoples.
Photography Best Practice Guidelines
This guide will help you navigate creating your own photography or assist you in briefing and producing shoots with our UBC Photographer or other professional freelance photographers.
Social Media Best Practice Guidelines
These best practices will help you succeed at managing and creating exceptional content for your UBC social media channels.
UBC Wayfinding Signage Standards and Guidelines
Comprehensive guidelines for the creation, installation and maintenance of wayfinding and signage systems on UBC’s campuses.
Coming soon. In the meantime, please visit UBC Campus and Community Planning for more information.
Visual Identity Guidelines
Navigate UBC’s visual identity with confidence. Understand design terminology, core visual ID elements and applications.
Other Useful Documents
Consent To Use Of Image Form
Planning on taking pictures or videos with people in them? This consent to use of image form needs to be completed by all involved before the image or video can be published. More information about the process can be found in the FAQs.
UBC Coat of Arms Policy
The Coat of Arms has been an integral part of the university since its inception in 1915. The University Ceremonies Office, in collaboration with Communications and Marketing, holds stewardship of the university’s Coat of Arms and the Motto. Please review these guidelines before using the UBC Coat of Arms.
Campus Banner Protocol and Checklist
Campus pole banners can play an important role in animating people at the university. Due to their limited supply, a protocol has been created to govern access to the pole banner inventory.
“About UBC” Brand Copy
Need a short description of UBC for a report, presentation, or website? Download our official boilerplate message.
Social Media Moderation Guidelines and Response Framework
Learn how to respond to various social media posts, and what UBC’s policies are regarding posting moderation.
Policy & Governance
UBC’s visual identity is fundamental to the university brand story. Each element serves to engage and compel our audiences. Following UBC’s brand identity guidelines will help ensure faculties, institutes, centres and administrative units are immediately recognized as part of UBC. This legitimacy and credibility reinforces positive perceptions associated with the university.
Brand identity guidelines prevent external parties from trading improperly upon our university’s reputation. Please review our trademarked assets to avoid trademark infringement.
All third-party requests to use a trademark of The University of British Columbia need written permission from the Office of University Counsel.
Visual Identity Policy
It is expected that all faculties, departments and units to adhere to UBC’s visual identity policy so that we collectively contribute to a strong and unified visual identity for UBC. We believe that careful attention to our visual presence in this way helps the important work we are doing as a university gets noticed, recognized and remembered.
UBC Brand Policy
The office of UBC Communications and Marketing manages the oversight and project management of the UBC Brand. For situations or applications that are not covered by the visual identity policy #94, please contact UBC Communications & Marketing.