Social media branding

Avatars

When creating a social media presence for your brand you should adhere to the following flexible framework. The framework ensures that all Victorian Government departments, entities and brands are tied together in a consistent way.

Depending on your placement within the brand architecture your social media visual presence will be determined by the appropriate template.

Specifications:

1000px X 1000px

Note: most social media sites will ask for a file of much lower resolution than this. However, to future proof our social media avatars we’ve recommend creating them at this size.

All avatar images should be uploaded uncompressed.

Design templates

Important notes:

The 'V' mark should be used in its most basic forms in all social media avatars. This means that the 'VIC' or 'MEL' versions may be used, but other configurations such as 'Study Melbourne' or 'Victoria, Australia' should NOT be used as they’ll appear too small to read in majority of contexts.

The size and placement of the 'V' mark should be exactly as it appears in the templates below. That means that the top of the mark should sit 174px from the top of the avatar and 88px from the bottom of the avatar. It should also be horizontally centered. Using the correct size and placement is very important and helps to maintain consistency across all of our social channels.

Download a PSD template here

Masterbrand

Branding Vic for digital Masterbrand

This avatar represents the State of Victoria. Contains the V mark on the masterbrand colour. No textures or background images should be used.

State Government

Branding Vic for digital State Government logo

Contains the V mark on the Victorian Government brand colour. No textures or background images should be used.

Government departments

Branding Vic for digital Government departments logo

Contains the V mark on the associated brand colour for the chosen department. No textures or background images should be used.

Government divisions and entities

Branding Vic for digital Government divisions and entities

Contains the V mark. Divisions and Entities must also incorporate their branding through the use of the associated texture and colours for that brand.

Government initiatives

Initiatives that have their own brand, such as The Education State, may use their own branding and visual elements. Try to keep any imagery or text as simple as possible - fine detail will be lost.

Statutory authorities and government-owned corporations
and independants

Organisations that have their own brand, such as WorkSafe Victoria, may use their own branding and visual elements.

Destinations

Branding Vic for digital Desinations logo

Destinations should use the “V” mark with a photo of the location in the background. If the photo is too bright and the “V” mark becomes unreadable, please use a 15% black overlay on the background image.

Campaigns

Campaigns should use the ‘V’ ('VIC') logo with associated brand colours/images in the background.

International campaigns

When representing Victoria internationally the 'V' mark (with 'MEL') should be used. The background should take elements from the campaign branding materials –  this could be a photograph, pattern or colour.

Non-V-branded entities

If your organisation has it’s own independent identity and logo (and does not use any form of the “VIC” logo) the above guidelines don’t apply to you. You’ll need to find a way to best represent your brand in social media avatars that follows the following guidelines:

Do keep your avatar as simple as possible

Your avatar should only have one key element and this is almost always the logo of your organisation. It’s a good idea to simply use your logo on a background colour (background colour should be taken from your organisation’s brand guidelines).

If there are multiple variations of your logo you should always use the simplest form of your logo in the avatar (the one with the least detail as possible). In our example for Worksafe Victoria we’ve simply used the Worksafe logo on a yellow background colour taken from the brand guidelines. This is an excellent approach.

Make sure your logo is large enough to easily read but without touching the edges of the image (aim to have clear space of at least 4% around any logo in your avatar. Here’s a good example:

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Worksafe

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Worksafe measurements

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Worksafe

Don't include extra text or messages

Because social media avatars are displayed at very small sizes please refrain from using lots of text. It will be very hard to read in practice, so will not be helpful to end users.

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Worksafe too much text
Note how the text is unreadable and the Worksafe logo has now also become indiscernible.

Do use a simple, recognisable brand element (like shapes or graphics)

If you have a strong graphic branding element like shape, pattern or colour you may use this instead of a logo or as the background to your logo (ensure that the background is not obtrusive to the logo). Here’s a good example:

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Creative Victoria

Avatar for ‘Creative Victoria’.

Other good examples

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample Film Victoria

Avatar for ‘Film Victoria’. Note it simply uses the logo on a solid red background.

Branding Vic for digital Social media avatar sample National Gallery Victoria

Avatar for ‘National Gallery of Victoria’. Note the simple logo and the non-obtrusive brand pattern in the background.

Naming social media pages

Use the following naming conventions when creating social media pages. It will ensure all pages work together as a cohesive set and all government pages adhere to basic best practice.

Use the clearest form of your name

Some departments and organisations are known by several different names. Use the clearest form of your name (which may not always be the shortest).

For example:

  • do write: Department of Health & Human Services
  • don’t write: DHHS

Don’t abbreviate

If the abbreviation of your organisation's name is not commonly known, it may make the page difficult to locate.

The word Victoria should always be written out in full in any page title. Do not abbreviate to ‘Vic’.

Use ‘&’ not ‘and’

The word ‘and’ should be written as an ampersand (&) in all page titles.

Use title case

Title case (that is, the capitalisation of the first letter of each word other than articles, conjunctions and prepositions) should be used in all page titles.

For example:

  • do write: Department of Health & Human Services
  • don’t write: Department of health & human services

Add clarifying information

For government departments or entities with equivalents in other states (including the national level) include the word ‘Victoria’ at the end of the department title, preceded by a comma.

For example:

  • do write: Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria
  • don’t write: Department of Health & Human Services Victoria

When extra information is needed to qualify the audience of the page (for example, in the case of Energy Safe Victoria) the qualifying information should be separated from the title by an en dash with spaces either side (that is, Energy Safe Victoria – Electricians)

Unless it’s incredibly important that extra information is added for clarity, do not add any extra elements within the name.

For example, do not write ‘Crash Test Dummies - how safe is your car’. If the campaign is named ‘Crash Test Dummies’ then it is important that its Facebook page is also given that name.

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