The Corporate Marketing team includes Content Marketing, Corporate Events, PR (Public Relations), Culture Curation, and Design. Corporate Marketing is responsible for the stewardship of the GitLab brand and the company's messaging/positioning. The team is the owner of the Marketing website and oversees the website strategy. Corporate Marketing develops a global, integrated communication strategy, executes globally, and enables field marketing to adapt and apply global strategy regionally by localizing and verticalizing campaigns for in-region execution. Corporate marketing also ensures product marketing, outreach, and marketing & sales development are conducted in a way that amplifies our global brand.
GitLab's brand has a personality that is reflected in everything we do. It doesn't matter if we are hosting a fancy dinner with fortune 500 CIOs, at a hackathon, or telling our story on about.gitlab.com…across all our communication methods, and all our audiences, GitLab has a personality that shows up in how we communicate.
Our personality is built around four main characteristics.
These four characteristics work together to form a personality that is authentic to GitLab team-members, community, and relatable to our audience. If we were
quirky without being
human we could come across as eccentric. If we were
competent without being
humble we could come across as arrogant.
GitLab has a higher purpose. We want to inspire a sense of adventure in those around us so that they join us in contributing to making that mission a reality.
The following guide outlines the set of standards used for all written company communications to ensure consistency in voice, style, and personality, across all of GitLab's public communications.
See the Blog Editorial Style Guide for more.
GitLab is an open source project with a large community of contributors. Over 2,000 people worldwide have contributed to GitLab's source code.
GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open source project. GitLab Inc. is an active participant in our community (see our stewardship of GitLab CE for more information), as well as offering GitLab, a product (see below).
GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application. See the product elevator pitch for additional messaging.
The tone of voice we use when speaking as GitLab should always be informed by our Content Strategy. Most importantly, we see our audience as co-conspirators, working together to define and create the next generation of software development practices. The below table should help to clarify further:
|We are:||We aren't:|
|Equals in our community||Superior|
We explain things in the simplest way possible, using plain, accessible language.
We keep a sense of humor about things, but don't make light of serious issues or problems our users or customers face.
We use colloquialisms and slang, but sparingly (don't look like you're trying too hard!).
pressand click on the
--- layout: markdown_page title: "Title of press release" ---
When you have added a press release, be sure to update the index page too so that it is linked to from /press/#press-releases.
datathen to the
press_releases:, then scroll to the most recent dated press release.
Recent Newssection with the most recent listed at the top. Display 10 articles at a time. To avoid formatting mistakes, copy and paste a previous entry on the page, and edit with the details of the new coverage. You may need to search online for a thumbnail to upload to
images/press, if coverage from that publication is not already listed on the page. If you upload a new image, make sure to change the path listed next to
@mention team members who will be involved.
Website Redesign(if applicable) label(s) to your issue.
Designlabel in issue tracker
Design label helps us find and track issues relevant to the Design team. If you create an issue where Design is the primary focus, please use this label.
Per the Design team's discretion, the prioritization of design projects will be based on the direct impact on Marketing.
Any design requests that do not fall in line with the goals and objectives of Marketing will be given a lower priority and factored in as time allows.
The Design team has a rather wide reach and plays a big part in almost all marketing efforts. Design touchpoints range from the GitLab website to print collateral, swag, and business cards. This includes, but certainly not limited to:
In the spirit of 'everyone can contribute' (as well as version control and SEO) we prefer webpages over PDFs. We will implement a
print.css component to these webpages so that print PDFs can still be utilized for events and in-person meetings without the headache of version control
To download the GitLab logo (in various formats and file types) check out our Press page.
The GitLab logo consists of two components, the icon (the tanuki) and the wordmark:
GitLab is most commonly represented by the logo, and in some cases, the icon alone. GitLab is rarely represented by the wordmark alone as we'd like to build brand recognition of the icon alone (e.g. the Nike swoosh), and doing so by pairing it with the GitLab wordmark.
Safe space acts as a buffer between the logo or icon and other visual components, including text. this space is the minimum distance needed and is equal to the x-height of the GitLab wordmark:
The x-height also determines the proper spacing between icon and workdmark, as well as, the correct scale of the icon relative to the wordmark:
The tanuki is a very smart animal that works together in a group to achieve a common goal. We feel this symbolism embodies GitLab's mission that everyone can contribute, our values, and our open source stewardship.
GitLab is a registered trademark of GitLab, Inc. You are welcome to use the GitLab trademark and logo, subject to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The most current version of the GitLab logo can be found on our Press page.
Under the Creative Commons license, you may use the GitLab trademark and logo so long as you give attribution to GitLab and provide a link to the license. If you make any changes to the logo, you must state so, along with the attribution, and distribute under the same license.
Your use of the GitLab trademark and logo:
Examples of improper use of the GitLab trademark and logo:
Logos used on the about.gitlab.com site should always be in full color and be used to the specifications provided by the owner of that logo, which can usually be found on the owners website. The trust marks component found throughout the site is the only exception and should use a neutral tone:
The tanuki logo should also not have facial features (eyes, ears, nose…); it is meant to be kept neutral, but it can be accessorized.
While the brand is ever-evolving, the GitLab brand currently consists of six primary colors that are used in a wide array of marketing materials.
The GitLab brand uses the Source Sans Pro font family. Headers (h1, h2, etc.) always have a weight of 600 (unless used in special situations like large, custom quotes) and the body text always has a weight of 400. Headers should not be given custom classes, they should be used as tags and tags alone (h1, h2, etc.) and their sizes or weights should not be changed, unless rare circumstances occur. Here are typography tags.
H1: Header Level 1
H2: Header Level 2
H3: Header Level 3
H4: Header Level 4
p: Body text
Buttons are an important facet to any design system. Buttons define a call to action that lead people somewhere else, related to adjacent content. Here are buttons and their classes that should be used throughout the marketing website:
Note: Text within buttons should be concise, containing no more than 4 words, and should not contain bold text. This is to keep things simple, straightforward, and limits confusion as to where the button takes you.
Primary buttons are solid and should be the default buttons used. Depending on the color scheme of the content, purple or orange solid buttons can be used depending on the background color of the content. These primary buttons should be used on white or lighter gray backgrounds or any background that has a high contrast with the button color. They should also be a
%a tag so it can be linked elsewhere and for accessibility. Buttons should also be given the class
margin-top20 if the button lacks space between itself and the content above.
There will be times when two buttons are needed. This will be in places such as our jobs page, where we have a button to view opportunities and one to view our culture video. In this example, both buttons are solid, but one is considered the primary button (orange), and the other is the secondary button (white). The CSS class for the solid white button is
This is the proper use of two buttons, both being solid, but different colors based on hierarchy. If the background is white or a lighter color that doesn't contrast well with a white-backgound button, a ghost button should be used as a secondary button, and should match in color to the primary button beside it as shown below:
DO NOT: Do not use these ghost buttons styles as standalone buttons. They have been proven to be less effective than solid buttons in a number of studies. They should only be used as a secondary button, next to a solid primary button that already exists. Here are the classes for the secondary buttons:
Icons are a valuable visual component to the GitLab brand; contributing to the overall visual language and user experience of a webpage, advertisement, or slide deck. The GitLab iconography currently consists of "label icons" and "content icons", each are explained in further detail below:
Label icons are intended to support usability and interaction. These are found in interactive elements of the website such as navigation and toggles.
Content icons are intended to provide visual context and support to content on a webpage; these icons also have a direct correlation to our illustration style with the use of bold outlines and fill colors.
Occasionally the old GitLab logo is still in use on partner websites, diagrams or images, and within our own documentation. If you come across our old logo in use, please bring it to our attention by creating an issue in the Marketing issue tracker. Please include a link and screenshot (if possible) in the description of the issue and we will follow-up to get it updated. Thanks for contributing to our brand integrity!
The goal of this guide is to provide written standards, principles and in-depth information to design beautiful and effective GitLab features. This is a living document and will be updated and expanded as we iterate.
We've broken out the GitLab interface into a set of atomic pieces to form this design pattern library. This library allows us to see all of our patterns in one place and to build consistently across our entire product.
In an effort to grow our engagement and connectivity with our community, we're pleased to offer a SPIFF invcentive for our Sales teams to get customers involved in speaking opportunities.
For ideas to help customers get their submissions accepted, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGDCavOCnA4&feature=youtu.be or schedule a chat with a Technical Evangelism team member.
Please review our events decision tree to ensure Corporate Marketing is the appropriate owner for an event. If it is not clear who should own an event based on the decision tree, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For event execution instructions, please see the Marketing Events page for detail instruction and the criteria used to determine what type of events are supported.
All swag requests, creation and vendor selection is handled by the Corporate Marketing team.
If you would like to get some GitLab swag for your team or event, email your request to
email@example.com (managed by the community advocacy team).
In your request include:
The swag we have available can be found on our online store. Note: It is recommended submit your request for swag at least 4 weeks in advance from the event date or we may not be able to accommodate your request.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the date needed, shipping address and items / volume desired. The request will be approved on the back end by the community team. All requests must be made 3 or more weeks out. You can expect a response within 5 business days.
email@example.com. Our paper products are produced by Moo.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org you would like to borrow this setup. You will be shipped this set along with a return label.
email@example.com. Include address, date needed and order quantity in request.
firstname.lastname@example.org your concerns.
email@example.com find the FexEx account number in 1password to create a return label. Returns are only recommended if you have a very large number of items (50+) or a booth setup (banner, tablecloth, backdrop) that need to be returned.
At the moment a limited group of SDRs and Commerical Sales reps have Sendoso accounts and the ability to send physical swag, handwritten notes, and coffee giftcards.
All sends are tracked in SFDC, in either the physical or coffee swag campaign.
We have GitLab stationary/ note cards- leave note in swag Slack channel of you would like a batch to send notes to use to send to prospects/ customers/ community members.
Corporate handles the creating and ordering of all new swag. All swag designs should be run past design (Luke) for approval before going to production.
The audience we aim to reach with our all remote initiatives is both internal and external to GitLab. It closely aligns with our employment branding audience, and expands to cover key segments in the investor and business communities.
As detailed in GitLab’s public CMO OKRs, GitLab’s Culture Curation team seeks to elevate the profile of GitLab in the media and investor circles, positioning it as a pioneer of remote work. It will spread the story of GitLab’s global remote employees, remote work processes, transparent culture and the movement to remote work that GitLab has created. It also seeks to position GitLab as an innovator in the eyes of investors, a vital part of GitLab’s public ambition to become a public company.
As detailed in GitLab’s public CMO OKRs, we are in the planning phase for developing an all remote web destination that is distinct from the All Remote section of the GitLab Handbook. This will be the preeminent home to all remote content, positioned for consumption by media, investors, prospective customers and candidates.
We are actively working on a GitLab template for GitLab team members to submit stories, photos, videos, etc. for inclusion in the aforemetioned web destination. We will spotlight stories unique to GitLab's all remote culture. Examples include:
In the interim, GitLab team members wishing to share their remote stories can reach out to @dmurph.
Staying true to our belief that everyone can contribute, we are also developing a GitLab template for remote work advocates external to GitLab to submit stories for inclusion on our web and social channels.
As detailed in GitLab’s public CMO OKRs, we intend to commit to 2 all remote events, and are actively planning an all-remote GitLab event to be hosted with a partner. We will consider physical events, virtual events and events that combine an in-person presence with a livestream option.
All remote events should elevate GitLab as a thought leader in the all remote space, create new partnerships, generate leads and generate media interest/coverage.
We incorporate all remote content on GitLab’s social media accounts, and are investigating a visual approach to new mediums that are aligned with culture and lifestyle stories.
We are working with employment branding to surface relevant all remote stories from GitLab team members to recruiting channels and review sites, such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Comparably.
There are also a number of videos on GitLab's YouTube channel that relate to working here: