These guidelines should serve a single point of origin for everything we say and do. This guide exists to empower NEAR contributors and ambassadors accross the world.Jump to Logos
A Developer-centric platform for the Creator Economy powered by open financial tools for the open web.
Purpose We exist...
To accelerate the world’s transition to open technologies by growing and enabling a community of developers and creators.
Vision We empower...
A world where people have control over their money, data, and power of governance.
Brand Attributes Everything we do should feel...
We are inclusive, human, and fun. As our tech reaches the stars, we remain down-to-earth.
Think: Human, Inclusive, Friendly, Warm, Approachable, Community-Driven
Everything in Blockchain is complex. We're here to make it easier. We simplify. We clarify.
Think: Clear, Simple, Usable, Easy
We cover our bases. We're building the foundation for a new world. We don't skimp on the amenities.
Think: Well-documented, Well-supported, Functional, Scalable, Fast
We seek to understand each other, feel the pain, and see things from new perspectives.
Think: Human, Understanding, Caring
We believe that dealing with people's money and data is serious business. We prioritize security.
Think: Trustworthy, Technically Superior
Voice & Messaging
Consistency in communication is key. Adhering to the following principles will keep us on track.
We are clear, not convoluted
We simplify. We clarify. We speak in the language of our audience. We translate blockchain babble into something thoughtful and helpful.
We are open, yet opinionated
We are experienced, but not arrogant. We are experts in our field, but we remain approachable. We have a take, but we are open to collaboration and the ideas of others. We are inclusive, not exclusive.
We are bold, not brazen
We are courageous. We are pioneers. We take on hard challenges and persevere. We speak our minds, but respect the opinions of others. We tell the truth, even when it's hard.
Distinguishing between the entities
The NEAR Protocol
A permissionless, Proof-of-Stake blockchain protocol that anyone can access, add transactions to, or read from. The public NEAR blockchain is an instantiation of the reference code at http://github.com/nearprotocol/nearcore, but theoretically this repo could be forked and deployed as a separate chain, as much as many protocols have done to build upon the core Bitcoin code.
The NEAR Foundation
A non-profit foundation headquartered in Switzerland, and is responsible for contracting protocol maintainers, funding ecosystem development, and shepherding core governance of the protocol.
A US-based software research and development company that did much of the early development of the protocol and its tooling. While Near Inc does not own or run the NEAR Protocol (which is decentralized), it continues to propose changes to the reference implementation codebase as one of multiple third party entities performing R&D work for the protocol.
Correct usage of our logo is essential for consistent brand communication.Download All Logos
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Our primary color palette is black, white and grey. We use colors for accent.
As an integral part of our brand, the following fonts should be used. These typefaces are our unique handwriting and add emphasis to the personality of our identity. Like our code, our brand typefaces are also Open Source for maximum accessibility.
For use in headlines and intro-esque copy. It's open source.
Use Regular (400), Semi-bold (600) and Black (900) weights. Download it here for free
Source Code Pro
For use in all instances of source code. It's open source. Download it here for free
The Nearkats exist to guide our audience through the complexities of blockchain while adding a bit of fun along the way.
Like NEAR, Nearkats aren't the heroes in the story. The builders are the heroes.
As you may know, Meerkats are small burrowing animals who live in large underground networks. Similarly, the much rarer Nearkats live in large P2P networks where they work tirelessly to facilitate faster throughput, fix vulnerabilities and improve scalability.
The Nearkat, much like the Meerkat, is an insectivore. It scours the network looking for bugs to devour. While Meerkats originated in Africa, Nearkats were born on the interwebs and are more of a nomadic clan.
As native Interwebians, they speak in sms and they only seek what is best for the people of the web.
The Faces of Nearkat
Nearkat can appear in various poses. All poses should be anatomically correct.
To help new Nearkats spawn, please find a variety of assets that you can use to create your own.
The not-so-fine print
This is a friendly legal reminder that these graphics are proprietary and protected under intellectual property laws.
Please do amazing things like...
- Use the NEAR Logo and link to near.org
- Use the logo to advertise that your project is built on NEAR
- Use the logo in a blog post or news article about NEAR.
- Use the logo properly with plenty of breathing room (margin).
Please don't do things like...
- Use the NEAR Logo or Icon as your application's icon
- Create a modified version of the NEAR Logo
- Integrate the NEAR Logo or Icon into your logo
- Use NEARKat without permission
Naming projects and products
When naming, please avoid any names that pretend to be NEAR or the NEAR token. Also, avoid representing that you've been actively endorsed by NEAR or anyone involved in the project (That is, unless you have been endorsed).
In short, NEAR Logos and NEARKat represent only NEAR Protocol and should not be used to represent your products. The NEAR Logo may be used as a secondary element to show that your project is built on NEAR.