Social cover images

Cover images have a prominent presence on all social channel homepages. They are great brand applications for showcasing the unique projects, events and learning experiences in which SFU students, faculty and researchers are involved.


Image only
Image & text
Text only

Logo versions & placement

An SFU logo must appear on all cover images. Either formal or informal logos can be used. The logo can be placed either at the upper right corner or lower left corner of the cover images.

An exception is made for the two- level logo. The two-level logo only has a horizontal version and must align to the left of the image. It can move up to the upper left corner on Twitter and LinkedIn due to the position of the avatars.

The preferred position of the logo on cover images is the upper right corner where it is legible across all social channels.

The logo’s clearspace is equal to the height of the SFU logo block. Exceptions can be made for extremely tight spaces on certain social channels.

Informal Vertical Logo – upper right corner for Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
Informal Vertical Logo – lower left corner for Facebook
Two-level Logo – lower left corner for Facebook
Formal Vertical Logo – upper right corner for Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
Formal Vertical Logo – lower left corner Facebook
Two-level logo - upper left corner for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Image only versions

Our primary photography is black and white with a photo-journalistic style. These images are to be used as the cover images for brand campaigns, events or institutional communications.

Colour photography can be used when black and white images are not available or not suitable for the subject matter.

The cover images work best when:

  • They are dynamic and simple in composition without too much visual noise
  • Prominent subjects are positioned in the middle or right of the image to avoid being covered by the avatar on some social channels
  • Focus is on the hero subjects engaging in real activities
  • Subjects and their activities remain visible within the given dimensions across all the channels
  • Colour photography is shot with neutral lighting and cool temperature to complement the red avatar
People as prominent subject in the image.
Dynamic compositions taken from interesting angles.
Images that feel candid and authentic. Prominent subject on the right.
People engaging in real activities.
Students, faculties and researchers working on unique projects.
Projects that are creating an impact in the world.

Text only versions

When our photography is not available, our brand colours, typefaces and title bars can be used together creatively to create engaging cover images

When typesetting, do not use more than two lines of title bars and make sure the titles do not extend past two-thirds of the cover image to ensure type is not cut off on mobile devices.

Headlines should be short and concise. Cover images shrink drastically when viewed on mobile devices and a large portion is blocked out by the avatar. Short, bold headlines can draw attention and maintain legibility on both desktop and mobile.

Description copy shoud be informative and to the point. Type size should not fall below 16px for web best practice and accessibility standards.

Short headline, large text on the right for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Medium headline, small text on the right for Facebook & Twitter
Short headline, large text on right for Facebook & Twitter
Medium headline, small text on the left for Facebook
Medium headline, large text with description for Facebook

Text & image versions

Typography is an important part of our brand toolkit; it helps to set the voice of our brand. The examples below provide some inspiration on how typography can work with photography and create expressive layout.

Images should have dynamic compositions with quiet space that allows headlines and titles to be easily placed over them with clarity.

Headlines should be concise and engaging. Avoid lengthy content that clutters the image. Athough the 20% text rule doesn’t apply to cover images, it is good practice to keep the text content to less than 40% of the image.

Short headline, small text with a description on the right
Long headline with a description for Facebook & Twitter
Medium headline, medium text on the right for Facebook & Twitter
Medium headline, small text on the right for Facebook & Twitter
Short headline, large text on the right for Facebook & Twitter

Dimensions overview

Cover image dimensions are different across all the social channels and are changed regularly. It is important to check the respective platform for the most up-to-date dimensions.

When creating a cover image, one size does not fit all. It is important to build the cover images to each of the channels’ specifications. When choosing photography, consider how it would crop across all channels to ensure the hero subject remain visible inside the frame.