Simple steps to Toastmasters Branding

Branding is one of the easiest concepts to understand, yet it’s one of the hardest to execute.

Branding is our most valuable asset, and it is more than just a logo, it is our identity and our personality, it is key to delivering it consistently across all channels, both online and offline.

We’ll aim to provide comprehensive instructions on how to interpret our Toastmasters Brand Guidelines.

Basic principles

Brand guidelines are a vital tool to help ensure brand consistency, without guidance, our Toastmasters brands can become distorted over time, and potentially damage our brand value and reputation.

Benefits of using the Toastmasters Brand

The brand will communicate a consistent look and message, in turn increasing understanding and global awareness of Toastmasters International

Motivate prospective members to join, making district and club objectives easier to achieve • Increase pride in being a member of Toastmasters

Logos

The Toastmasters International logo is an integral piece of our visual identity. Its correct and consistent application accelerates engagement, raises our credibility and improves brand recall.

It is essential to follow some simple rules when using the Toastmasters logo

  1. It should not be distorted in any way
  2. Ensure there is sufficient space around the logo
  3. It should not be too close to the text or the edge of the page
  4. It should be clearly visible for print and web scenarios.
  5. It can be placed on top of a photograph as long as there is a contrast between the image and logo
  6. It can not be placed on top of a solid block of colour that is not one of the four Toastmaster brand colours

Which logo to use where and when.

Main Logo

The Toastmasters International logo is an integral piece of the brand’s visual identity. Used properly, it helps to deliver a consistent experience across our diverse and unique clubs, while also improving brand recall.

Primary

Any communication relating to Toastmasters should carry our Toastmasters International logo, our primary logo in full four colour.

Greyscale

If you have communication where colour is not appropriate then you can use the greyscale logo.

White

Or alternativeely you can use the white logo.

Download the logos from Toastmasters International

Wordmark

These can be used on their own or in conjuction with the Toastmaster logo, it should have a clear space and minimum-size 72 pixels to ensure the wordmark is clearly visible for print and web applications.

Primary

Use in conjuction with the Primary Logo, to help emphasize the Toastmasters Brand.

Black

Primary with Since 1924

Use in conjuction with the Primary Logo, to help emphasize the Toastmasters longevity.

Grey scale with Since 1924

Use in conjuction with the Primary or Grey scale Logo, to help emphasize the Toastmasters longevity.

Logo Lockups

If you want to emphasize the Toastmasters website, or the longevity of The Toastmasters Brand then you can use some of these alternative logos.

Primary with URL

If you are promoting online you can use the Primary Logo with the toastmasters.org url.

Primary with Since 1924

If you want to demostrate the longevity of the Toastmasters brand you may want to use the 1924 lockup.

Black with Since 1924

If you want a different style you can use the Primary Logo with 1924 in black.

Pathways Logo

Primary

Use in your club activity when promoting the Pathways education programme.

Colour

These are an expression of our brand identity, and they attract consumers, it can evoke emotions, warmth, excitement, and curiosity. When we repeatedly use our brand colours, it strengthens our brand awareness.

Primary colours

There are three primary colours, to use for Toastmasters. Blue, Maroon, and Grey. These primary colours help to identify our brand quickly, they can be used in Headlines, Subhead and body copy; they are also incorporated into our logo.

True Maroon

Hex #772432
C12 M95 Y59 K54
R119 G36 B50
Pantone 188

Loyal Blue

Hex #004165
C100 M43 Y12 K56
R0 G65 B101
Pantone 302

Cool Gray

Hex #A9B2B1
C23 M7 Y12 K18
R169 G178 B177
Pantone 442

Secondary Colours

Toastmasters uses secondary colours to help highlight core information, and the yellow can be used to highlight a Call to Action or when you wish to highlight supporting detail.

Happy Yellow

Hex #F2DF74
C0 M5 Y57 K0
R242 G223 B116
Pantone 127

Black and white

Black can be used within copy/text, and white provides contrast and clear spacing and can be used in headlines.

Typefaces

Heading Typefaces

To help emphasize your message we recommend that you use Monserrat for Headlines and subheads

We would recommend you use the Bold and Light style for main and subheadings rather than thin, extra light, extra bold and black as these are less legible to read and more difficult to use.

Also do not use capital letters, use a combination of Upper and Lower case as it help people read your message.

Montserrat Classic

Montserrat Thin

Montserrat Bold

Body Text Typefaces

For third-level headings and body copy we recommend you use Roboto.

Roboto

Roboto Thin

Both these fonts Montserrat and Roboto are free Google fonts which are web compatible

Images

Images are an integral part of our brand guidelines, images are more than simple visuals—they convey an emotion, and they can building trust and confidence over time and repeated exposure.

They are an opportunity for us to visually communicate with our potential members and existing member, they show who you are, why we should be trusted and how we will make their lives simpler and better.

When choosing images make use of interesting perspectives that will draw the eye.

Always make sure your images are chosen from a reputable source, and you have checked the rights to use an image.

Use images which are reflective of your club or members.


 

Audiences

Current Members

Toastmasters International members are our most significant audience because they embody the brand.

It is essential to keep the needs of our current members at the forefront and ensure that they do not feel alienated.

It is important to remember that the needs and ideals of our members have not changed; they have evolved.

Potential members

Are interested in personal skill-building, they are the most general audience because they represent anyone seeking self-improvement.