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Illustrations can be used to help build and tell complex stories in a simple way. 

They can be used instead of photography if the subject matter is difficult to picture, or just to use a simple graphic style. 

Our illustration style follows the same visual cues as our cells: it is simple, effortless and uses negative space intelligently to intrigue. Our illustrations should always adhere to our color palette. Gradations of our corporate colors, skin tones, black, and white are permitted. Other colors may be used in exceptional cases if they have an explanatory purpose. 

See our moving images section for additional guidelines for illustrations in videos and animations.



  • Simple color
    Use our corporate colors and use only three to five colors, if possible. 
  • Flat shapes
    Do not use shading or visual effects – keep the graphics simple. 
  • No outlines
    Do not draw outlines around shapes and avoid unnecessary details or decoration. 

  • No mixed perspectives
    Do not use 2D and 3D elements at the same time in an illustration.
  • Intelligent observation
    Make sure the illustrations are easy to understand. If appropriate, a hidden meaning can be incorporated.   
  • 3D impression
    It is possible to create a 3D impression using simple, single-color surfaces without transitions.
    Do not mix the 2-D illustration style with our CGI style


We use an illustrated style to animate in both 2D and 3D. In doing so, we adhere to the same rules for 2D animated films: our illustrations are simple and precise, cover as much as possible, and use neither shadows nor unnecessary effects. 

You can find more information under moving images. 



Using Company Brand Assets

Any use of Company Brand Assets is subject to our Brand Hub Terms and Conditions.

Please be aware that Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (“Company”) is not allowed to use the trademark “Merck” in the U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, Company’s name may only be used in the following format “Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany” and in simple, non-stylized font and never close to any logo in the U.S. and Canada. 

If Company Brand Assets downloaded from the Brand Hub are to be used in or targeting the U.S./ Canada please make sure to comply with these requirements. As a registered Brand Hub user please visit the Brand Hub Logo and Company Name Section for more detailed information.

If you legitimately share Company Brand Assets with other users, you must make sure that the sharing recipient is aware of these restrictions, our Brand Hub Terms and Conditions as well as any applicable Design Basics and Appendix Guidelines. 

As the sharing recipient you must ensure with the person sharing the Company Brand Asset with you that you are complying with aforementioned restrictions as well as with any applicable Design Basics and Appendix Guidelines. You are furthermore bound by our Brand Hub Terms and Conditions.

For any questions please get in touch with our Brand Help Desk.


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