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What makes a font a “gothic” font?

It’s easy to find lots of fonts with gothic in their names. But what makes a typeface a “gothic” typeface?
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What is Minimalism in Graphic Design?

What is minimalism in Graphic Design and how can one apply this concept into his/her design? I keep seeing 'minimalist design' while reading Graphic-related websites and magazines, but I'm not so sure ...
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What's the term for this Design Element

Hi I am looking for a term of this flowerish design Element so I can look up some more Variations. Thanks in Advance.
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What search terms can help me find “progressive reveal” campaigns?

not sure what this is called. Tried a bit of googling but didn't find what I was looking for. I'm designing a website on which we will be revealing a list item every week. The website is launching ...
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What is the name of this type design? (royal, classy, luxury)

I am trying to find on internet that kind of type designs, but I do not know what is the terminology of this type. It should be barocco art, old classical ornaments, luxury? How exactly it is ...
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Is there a name for the type of design that's a bunch of 3D triangles of similar shade?

Usually see it in SVGs, either 2D or 3D. I really like the design, but not sure what it's called. Something like this: https://www.polymer-project.org/1.0/images/polymer1.0-01.svg Or even the ...
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Is there a name for this kind of website footer graphic?

(taken from KeePass site) These images were quite popular on websites around the early 00's, from as far back as I can remember. They seemed to phase out with the introduction of flat and material ...
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What is the proper term for printed book sides?

In german we call it »Schnittverzierungen«. There are different kinds of them, the most common one is »Farbschnitt«, where all sides are colored. Here are some examples: Source Source
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What is the name of the design style where triangles are drawn in a way that gives a sense of dimension and depth? [duplicate]

So I have seen this type of graphic design used in several places. Here is an example: The exact pattern I am pointing to is how the triangles are drawn in a way that gives a sense of dimension and ...
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Technical name for the removal of an image background

Can someone remind me what the technical name is for the removal of a background from a still image? Our photographer told me years ago, but I've since forgotten and it gets embarrassing!
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Jargon: What do company ad departments call the vector files?

As someone laying out an event program or the like for an amateur production, I need to call the sponsors and ask for the print-layout material for their ads. I'm getting second hand scans from ...
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What is a “cromalin”?

I've been asked by a client to design a full page advertisement for a catalog. The specs I received mention that beside a PDF of the page we should also supply "imperatively a cromalin: Without a ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

I would like to know the difference between Wireframes and Mockups. I'm hoping to gain a simple understanding of the difference or to definitively know that both are the same. I googled it but I ...
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What is the difference between a font and a typeface?

Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts. Nowadays, with the digital design of ...
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Difference between graphic designer and visual designer

I see myself as a multidisciplinary designer. I do both graphic design and web design, with a main focus in visual-identity design. I’m also into illustration as well as type design, and I do work for ...
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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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What does it mean to clear cut images?

I found a job posting that says they have images that need to be 'clear cut', mostly of clothes, products, etc. Does anyone know what that means?
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What is this arrangment of elements in broadcast news called?

I am searching for the name of an arrangement typically used in news-broadcast designs, exemplified below (Terror in Boston, with rectangle above). In French we call these mortaise, but I cannot find ...
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What is the graphic design term for “cartoony?”

I need to relate some information to some graphic designers and I want to tell them that I don't want imagery that is "cartoony," or "cartoonish." How do I tell them this in their own lingo (and ...
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What does a “white-on-transparent” image mean?

Reading Android's new instructions to adapt my app icon (in a status bar), I am stuck on this: Notification icons should only be a white-on-transparent background image. What does it mean a ...
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What is the difference between layout and design?

I can't understand what is "design" and what is "layout" in terms of web design. I'm confused between layout and design. Can anybody can help me understand these matters? Thanks for reading my ...
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Name for type that has the same width and height

I know monospaced type (font) means all characters have the same width. Is there a similar name for fonts where all character have the same width and height?
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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

As an interface designer, and just as a designer in general, I often notice that I feel the need to place things slightly off-center in order to make them appear centered and balanced, due to the ...
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What's the name for a “multi page scrolling webpage?”

A lot of tech companies have a websites with the following UI features: a homepage containing several discrete "slides" stacked vertically you can scroll vertically through the slides or, (in some ...
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Definition of Premium fonts

I see the term "premium font" used a lot, but cannot find a definition of the term. What makes a premium font different from, I presume, non-premium fonts?
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What is this shape called? It's a circle with a right angle in one corner

I'm trying to find an example of this shape online, but I don't know what to look for. It seems to be pretty popular in graphic design lately. It's a circle with a right angle in one corner. But when ...
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What does my printer mean when he says '$1.50 for a 30" running edge'?

We are printing some photos to be mounted for the office and I am assuming it has something to do with the photos being printed on rolls instead of sheets? This was his reply when we asked for his ...
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Is there a term for roman-type Arabic numerals?

There are Roman numerals and Arabic numerals (perhaps more accurately Indo-Arabic numerals) and there also are three main branches of typefaces for the Latin alphabet: roman type, blackletter and ...
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What is the term for designing an element such that it visually reflects the spatial design of the object in real life?

What is the term that specifically describes laying out an object or representation of an object such that the interface reflects the spatial orientation of the object in real life? For example, ...
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Logo Sub Category Name or Logo Sub Brand Design

I'm looking for the technical term if there is one of when brands have a sub category or sub brand and they alter their logo slightly. I'm looking for some inspiration of this online of how it's done. ...
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In some fonts, the tittle on the 'i' in “fi” is removed. Does this have a name?

I noticed today on my phone that when I would type a word with the character pair "fi" in it, the f would change when the i is typed to have a longer top and replace the tittle above the i. I was ...
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Difference in logos - terminology question

Whats the difference between a classic logo like apple and something like this : or Are they both called logos? If not what would the later be labeled as?
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Term for a font that leaves no loose parts

I am trying to figure out what term to use when searching for fonts that are open so that centers of o's, a's, p's etc. will be attached to the background when I use them in cut files.
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Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?

Since graphic or web designers focus on typography and different ways to treat the typeface, can we call them typographers? Graphic and web designers spend significant time on choosing the typeface, ...
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How are postcards and greeting cards printed?

I do apologize, but I'm not familiar with the name for this type of paper or result, but when you purchase postcards or greeting cards that have been professionally made, they have a finish on one ...
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Is there a specific term for horizontal gutters?

Context My team is working on a responsive website and we allow the user to configure some of the properties of the page, including the spaces between the grid "cells". We had a conversation about the ...
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Proper term for a font with the same thickness for all strokes?

I'm looking at placing numbers on sports equipment and need a font with numbers that maintain the same parallel width or thickness for each digit. I mean uniform width of the line that makes up the ...
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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What is the name of this element?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me the name of this design element - I've seen it used for quotes, such as in Yahoo News Digest, but also in other places. It came up on github, and I'm not sure ...
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What term is used to refer to cut vinyl stickers?

I'm looking to have a decently sized run (anywhere from 100-1000, depending on cost) of stickers made using my company's logo. My standard sources for vinyl stickers don't seem to have options for cut ...
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Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text [duplicate]

Meaning like this, where there's a fixed width, and every line is scaled maintaining its aspect ratio to meet the width - including scaling the height (unlike regular justified text). There might be ...
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How do I create a granite / stone effect using Photoshop?

This might be weird but I want to PS the four cats... into something like the four presidents on Mount Rushmore... I haven't touched PS for a long time, would appreciate some hints here.
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What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

I've noticed that I often use the words "artist" and "designer" in the same context. It seems to me that every designer can be an artist, but not every artist is a designer. I wasn't sure though, so ...
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What is the graphic design term using for this?

What is the graphic design term using for this (mean this color splashes)? And in a nutshell, is there a way to draw scenes like this in PS or AI? Thanks in advance.
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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the name or ("term") for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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Term for fonts with fixed versus variable stroke widths

Comparisons between "serif fonts" and "sans-serif fonts" generally compare Times-Roman or Times New Roman against Helvetica or Arial. The presence of serifs on the former and lack of them on the ...
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Is there a name for abstract pattern with lots of parallel lines and subtle curves?

Sort of like a spirograph? Like that old Mistify screensaver for windows. I feel like it shows up a lot as an abstract shape in the background of things. Trying to think of the best way to make one ...
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Tip of my tongue, a term for how we associate icons and logos with products [duplicate]

i remember one of the terms had to do with the icon was actually what it represented. (like illustration of a highway means this is now a highway) and the other one was something in between like ...