# Making thesis front

I am using the following code for my thesis front:

\begin{titlepage}
\begin{center}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{LOGO_UNIVERSITY.jpeg}
\end{figure}
\vspace{-10cm}
\textsc{\LARGE \\ Institute for Interesting People}\\[0.5cm]
\vspace{.5cm}
\textsc{\Large Master Thesis}\\[1.5cm]
\HRule \\[0.4cm] % Horizontal line
{\huge \bfseries Very Smart Stuff}\\[0.4cm]
\HRule \\[1.5cm]
\vspace{1cm}
\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushleft} \large
\emph{Author:}\\
X
\end{flushleft}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushright} \large
\emph{Supervisors:} \\
Y \\
Z \\
\end{flushright}
\end{minipage}\\[3cm]
{\large \textit{A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements\\ for the degree of Master of Science\\}}
\vspace{2cm}
{\large August 2014} \vfill
\end{center}
\end{titlepage}


However, I would like to decrease the distance between the logo and the text "Institute for Interesting People". Using the command \vspace{-10cm} or e.g. \vspace{10cm} does not change anything. What's going on here and how can I change it?

Note: the command \HRule is defined via

\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}.

• Remove \begin{figure}\centering and \end{figure} that don't belong there. – egreg Aug 26 '14 at 15:06

There are several points in your code that could be improved, but the main problem is the figure environment, that doesn't belong there.

Here's a polished version. Adjust the spacings.

\documentclass[a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}

\begin{document}

\begin{titlepage}
\centering

\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{LOGO_UNIVERSITY.jpeg}

\vspace{1cm}

\textsc{\LARGE Institute for Interesting People}

\vspace{1cm}
\textsc{\Large Master Thesis}\\[1.5cm]
\HRule \\[0.4cm] % Horizontal line
{\huge \bfseries Very Smart Stuff}\\[0.4cm]
\HRule

\vspace{2.5cm}

\begin{tabular}[t]{@{}l@{}}
\emph{Author:}\\
X
\end{tabular}\hfill
\begin{tabular}[t]{@{}l@{}}
\emph{Supervisors:} \\
Y \\
Z \\
\end{tabular}

\vspace{3cm}

{\large\itshape A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements\\
for the degree of Master of Science\\}

\vspace{2cm}

{\large August 2014}

\vfill

\end{titlepage}

\end{document}