UCLA uses a range of visual elements and styles for video. Here you’ll find assets and guidelines for using graphics to more effectively tell UCLA’s story with video.
Supers are commonly used to convey information on social platforms, as many users view video without sound. A super is a visual element that brings text to the forefront of your video.
When writing supers, keep copy short and concise. Keep in mind the pace at which people read, and leave text on screen long enough for viewers to digest the information.
Supers should be set in Karbon Medium, upper and lowercase, justified left. UCLA uses three different options for supers: blue, white and no ribbon. Blue ribbon supers are the most branded with UCLA Blue. White ribbons allow the most easy-to-read option. When using the “no ribbon” option, make sure your video has enough background contrast to ensure readability and ADA compliance. Place supers at least 40px from edges of the screen, outside the caption area, and within the safe areas of various social channels.
Narrative supers can appear without any transition and stay long enough for viewers to read the text. To add motion, animate ribbons and supers from left to right. See the sample in your download for recommended movement and timing.
An “identifier” displays a person’s name and title on screen. UCLA has three different visual options: The first, identifier over image, places the person’s name in bold white, with a secondary line which displays the person’s title. The other two identifier options utilize a white or blue overlay box.
Geotags and timestamps indicate a specific location, date and time. These elements should be placed in the top corner of the frame for a minimum of three seconds. Depending on their importance to your storyline, it can remain on-screen for as long as you deem relevant to your storytelling.
When using geotag and/or timestamp, always set the graphic to avoid interfering with the main storytelling supers or overlapping any relevant imagery/graphic. Depending on the background footage/image, the gradient background transparency can be adjusted for best contrast and legibility. Also, for best storytelling action, depending on your footage/image, placement in the upper left-hand corner or right-hand corner.
Videos are shared on social media often without context of where they originated.
One option is to use a small watermark logo in the top right corner of the frame, within the safe area. Make sure that the logo meets minimum size requirements. Watermarks should appear within the first 10 seconds of the video. Depending on the background imagery, adjust the opacity of the watermark for clarity.
There are two options to display the UCLA logo at the end of your video. The logo can fade in on a white or blue background or slide in more dynamically. Both options can display either the campus logo or your department logo, as well as provide a URL and/or call to action.
The UCLA Video Style Guide is available in a single PDF. Various video elements are available bundled in three graphic packages. Download the full style kit to get all the assets presented on this page.
Only use Karbon font
Avoid stacking captions more than two lines
Never place too many graphics on the same scene
Be mindful of placing graphics over key imagery
Don’t use white type over lighter imagery
Avoid low resolution/low quality visual assets
Avoid superfluous graphics that disrupt storytelling
Avoid special effects lacking production value
Never compose key elements outside of the live area