The official typeface of Colgate University is Messina.
There are two primary categories in the Messina family: Messina Serif and Messina Sans. The typeface was designed by Luzi Gantenbein in 2015. Messina Serif is based on 17th‑century French Renaissance proportions, while Messina Sans reflects the minimalist affinity of the 20th‑century. Contemporary typographic details integrate a modern sensibility into both typefaces.
Messina should be used for all supporting type on Colgate materials. Both the Serif and Sans can be used in text or display sizes. The other categories of the Messina family (Modern, Condensed, and Mono) are not part of the Colgate identity, and therefore should not be used on any official communication materials.
We strongly recommend using the brand typefaces in all circumstances. However, when this is not possible, Times New Roman may be used in place of Messina Serif, and Arial may be used in place of Messina Sans.