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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Colour bars and blocks

Colour bars

You can use bars as a graphic element within your layout to anchor and frame your communication. Consistency is important to ensure the element is recognized as a part of our brand.

Examples of colour bar usage

Best practices

  • Height of the colour bar should be 1" for 11" x 17" posters and 0.75" for letter and postcard size: a good rule of thumb for other sizes is the height of the logo used within the document.
  • Colour bars should bleed off the bottom of your layout and should mirror the margin spacing within your grid.
  • Don’t insert content and graphics within the bar except for including Ontario Tech University when a Signature Identity is used.
  • Colour bars separate information within a document. They shouldn’t be used as a decorative border or stroke beneath an image.
  • Avoid using thin or multiple colour bars within a document layout as they become decorative and not functional.
  • Colour bars should only use the primary colour palette.

Colour blocks

Copy and text can be inserted into colour blocks to separate content and highlight information. Colour blocks can visually add importance and hierarchy to your layout by guiding the reader’s eye on the page. Arrows can also add dimension and brand interest within your document.

Examples of colour blocks

Best practices

  • Height of the colour block is flexible but the width should align with the document’s design grid.
  • Colour blocks can use both primary and secondary colour palette as long as the colour ratio and proper contrast is considered within your layout.
  • Shapes including circles, arrows and rectangles can be used within the colour blocks.