FAQs

The cost of your job depends on a number of variables. For design jobs, design estimates are based on one or more of the following:

  • Type of job (e.g. a postcard vs. a 16-page brochure)
  • The rounds of edits per project
  • The need to commission a photoshoot
  • The need to hire a freelance proofreader

In order to get started, consider your budget for this job. Plan in advance to vet copy or other content with appropriate team members so that by the time the desginer receives the project, he/she has all the relevant details in place. If you’re unsure of how to prepare, reach out to creatives@villanova.edu to set up a meeting with one of our team members so that we can help guide the process.

Should we find we’re unable to take on your job due to our workload or scope of the job, we work with a vetted group of freelancers. In this case, the cost of the job will be discussed with the freelancer and must be approved by you, before any work begins. 

Project duration depends on a number of variables, including:

  • Complexity of the piece
  • Extent of the rounds of edits
  • Number of people needed in the approval process
  • How final the copy is when we receive it

For example, jobs requiring new design concepts, we request four to six weeks' lead time. The schedule breakdown looks something like this: the first 10 days are used for meeting with you, developing concepts and design layout, the second 10 days are used for sending design proofs, making edits, and receiving final approvals, and the final 5-10 days are reserved for printing and production. Those six weeks go by very easily!

There are two rules of thumb for how your job will print:

  • If the quantity is under 6,000 and your piece is under 16 pages with no variable data, you can expect a print turnaround of five (5) business days.
  • If your quantity is over 6,000, and/or you have variable data, and/or the pagination is over 16 pages, please plan for seven (7) to 10 business days from when the job goes to print. 

Creative Services operates on a chargeback system so before each job we provide a design estimate. In our estimates we consider the time needed to concept, design and edit your piece, as well as the time devoted to print management. You will find that our fees are substantially less than those from a non-university design firm, and are captured in order to cover our materials and equipment costs.

Two distinctions to note:

  • While we will manage the print production of your job with Graphic Services, you will receive a separate invoice for print costs from Graphic Services.
  • We do not manage the mail fulfillment of any job and kindly ask that you reach out to Graphic Services directly to complete that stage of your project.

The Athletics V logo comprises Villanova’s signature blue, white, and a secondary blue pinstripe, PMS 298. The Athletics V is a registred trademark of Villanova University, strictly associated with the Villanova Athletic department. 

If you are interested in using the Athletics V, please go to the Athletics' website for information on logo file acquistion and use. 

The University V mark comprises Villanova’s signature blue and white only, and may be used on communication materials created by Villanova staff and faculty. 

 

When using the V mark, every attempt should be made to use the logo file that includes the words "Villanova University". However, in certain instances the V may be used alone. All requests to use the V in merchandising or retail must be made through the Collegiate Licensing Company (www.clc.com). If you have questions about which mark is most appropriate, please contact the Creative Services department at creatives@villanova.edu.

The University's logo hierachy includes University primary logos, College-level logos, and approved marks for Centers of Excellence and Institutes on campus.

All Villanova University departments should use the University's primary or appropriate College-level logo. If there is a compelling reason for your department to have their own logo mark, a request must be approved by the appropriate Vice President and then by the Vice President for University Communication and Marketing. Upon receiving approval, Creative Services can assist you with the execution of your department logo. 

Distribution of existing University logos is free of charge.

To request one of Villanova University’s primary, secondary or alternate marks, please fill out the logo request form on the University Communication and Marketing's Brand Guidelines page.

Before filling out the form, please make sure you know the number of the logo you want (all logos are numbered in the Image Catalog document) and the file type you require. 

We suggest the respective formats below for the various applications:

  • PowerPoint on screen... JPG, PNG
  • PowerPoint to print... JPG, 
  • MSWord on screen... JPG, PNG
  • MSWord to print... JPG
  • Excel... JPG
  • Access... JPG, PNG
  • Microsoft Publisher... JPG
  • MSFrontPage... JPG, PNG
  • Web... JPG, PNG

For professionally printed materials, check with your printer for preferred format specifications. We have EPS vector files of each mark available for use. 

You will notice that we ask for an index number on our request forms--this is because we have a monthly chargeback process with the University's Accounts Payable department. 

When your job is completed, we will charge our design costs to the provided index at the end of the respective month. 

We only do design and photography work for Villanova University, but we accept checks if your department or initiative does not have a designated index number. Please make checks out to "Villanova University", and email Creative Services for cost totals and additional information.

Expertise

Our Areas of Expertise:

  • Graphic Design for digital and print
  • University stock photography concept and management
  • Strategic design concept development

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