What is the aperture device?

The aperture (square) device is a component of the University’s design system. It is a flexible viewing portal or window for visual content.

aperture device

The purpose of the aperture is to direct the viewer’s attention to a specific topic that is the focus of a document or piece of communication.

You must use one aperture or one set of focus marks in your design.

While the most straight-forward use of the aperture is as a simple square, they may be arranged right next to each other or layered to create a myriad of layouts. They may also sit on an angle of 15°, -15°, 30° or -30° to create a dynamic layout.

aperture example


aperture example


Guidelines are provided for assistance with using apertures, including:

  • Appropriate use within the University design system
  • Page layout
  • Size and angles of rotation
  • Colour use
  • Examples of aperture use
  • Using the focus marks and aperture together

Aperture guidelines (PDF)

Heads up! Please use the Contents page hyperlinks to jump to the relevant section of the guidelines.

If you have any questions or queries about using the brand, please contact the Brand team.