crest art

As part of our Curious Cornhuskers initiative, University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus Trenton Buhr asked The Daily Nebraskan “Why does UNL not implement its crest more often on campus?”

Buhr said he sent in this question because he hasn’t seen the crest used much on campus and thought it could be a useful tool.

“Most universities utilize their crest, and it looks pretty cool,” he said. “We almost never use it, and I don’t really understand why because I think it’s pretty cool, and I think it can be used for a lot of purposes.”

According to Marcelo Plioplis, creative director for University Communication, UNL does not have a crest, which is why it’s not implemented around campus. Instead, they have a seal. 

However, Plioplis said the official trademark of the university is the Nebraska “N” — not the seal. The seal is a primary graphic identifier for the University of Nebraska system as a whole, rather than the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

According to UNL’s website, the seal is primarily used on diplomas, formal documents and certificates, which is why it’s hardly ever seen implemented around campus on apparel, buildings or websites.