Recommended Elements: Color Palette

Official colors

The two official colors of the University of Oregon are green and yellow.

Official green
RGB: R0 G79 B39
hex: 004F27
PMS 3425

Official yellow
RGB: R255 G204 B0
hex: FFCC00
PMS 108

Complementary colors

There are no restrictions on additional colors to use, as long as they are complementary and subordinate to green and yellow. Other greens and yellows are acceptable as complementary colors but should not be close in value to the official colors. Based on competitors’ school colors, it is strongly recommended that site designers avoid using orange and purple as standalone colors. Because they appear to represent other institutions, designers also are advised to avoid the following color combinations:

  • Orange and black (Oregon State University, Idaho State University)
  • Black and yellow-gold (University of Colorado)
  • Blue and yellow-gold (University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Burgundy and yellow-gold (Arizona State University)
  • Orange and blue (Boise State University)
  • Purple and white (University of Washington)
  • Red and white (Stanford University, Western Oregon University)
  • Red and navy (University of Arizona)
  • Red and yellow-gold (University of Southern California)
  • Red and black (Southern Oregon University)
  • Red and gray (Washington State University)
  • Silver and gold (University of Idaho) 

In addition, dark text on a light background is recommended for better contrast and legibility.

Accessibility recommendation: Web pages should be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example, from context or markup.

Examples of Web Design In addition to this site, sample UO websites that make good use of these guidelines are Office of the President and Celebrating Champions.

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