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A brand, simply, is what our audience thinks and feels about us. The assets – such as logos, brochures, signage and more – play an important role in reminding the audience of the brand they are interacting with but they do not communicate the message alone.

Our actions and communications carry the greatest weight. As such, it is important that we leverage our stories and personalities to raise our brand awareness and communicate our brand attributes. Graphic assets, such as logos, must present a consistent and cohesive identity that help remind our audiences of our brand.


Worlds Ahead, the Idea Behind Our Brand

Before we design logos, define color schemes and print signs, we start with a "big idea" that captures the essence of our institution and what we aspire to be. For Florida International University, the idea behind our brand is "Worlds Ahead," an attitude that inspires our global perspective and commitment to superlative programs, research and service. "Be Worlds Ahead" is the active form of this idea, and it allows the audience to participate.

How We Use 'Worlds Ahead'

  • When communicating about students, faculty or alumni who go beyond the expected – we should describe them as "worlds ahead."
  • When we articulate a vision for an FIU project that is ahead of its time or ahead of what others are doing – we should use this phrase.
  • When describing our university in an interview, an article or a boilerplate description – we should use this phrase.
  • We should not, however, add this to every program, person or event. "Worlds Ahead" is an attitude and should be used to express the best we have to offer. Overuse of the phrase would dilute its meaning.
  • "Be Worlds Ahead" is a call to action. We can use this when describing a student's decision to attend FIU or to commence a large research project. It is participatory and connects action to adjective.

Brand Design & Communication Inspiration 

Five brand attributes form the foundation of FIU’s identity: “FIU is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami that is worlds ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in the global marketplace.”

We are dynamic and vibrant
FIU embraces our youth and a dynamic can-do spirit.
We are entrepreneurs
FIU encourages innovation through bold forward-looking solutions.
We are Miami
FIU is Miami, reflecting our culture and physical location everyday.
We are international
FIU lives and breathes greater international understanding and diversity.
We are community engaged
FIU partners with the community to create mutually beneficial solutions.

FIU Boilerplate

Florida International University is Miami’s public research university. FIU is focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 35 programs in the top 100 in the nation among public universities, including 15 in the top 50. FIU is a top U.S. research university with more than $200 million in annual expenditures and is designated as an “Emerging Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

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