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I'm trying to find the term for a rectangle or figure made of rectangles of solid color, as found sometimes near the title on the front page of publications and websites. I have looked at various glossaries of page layout terminology and so far have not found the term for this.

Example 1: the black rectangle above the title (“The Word”) in the following image.

a sample page layout

Example 2: the neon cherry L-shaped thing around the title.

the front page of a publication from 2002

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There is no specific general term for these.

InDesign has a formatting feature for this called Paragraph Rules, which can sit over, direcly under or below the headline and can have any weight from a thin line to a solid bar.

The L shape could be called a frame.

  • Well, I think “rules” and “frames” are appropriate terms – Cai Dec 3 '17 at 12:49
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Sure there is a name for each of these elements, in Spanish at least it exists, in the image below I put the names in Spanish and the literal translation.

All these elements are included in what is called "grafismo" (graphism, graphics) within the page.

page graphics

  • Zócalos: solid color graphics touching the page sides bleeding, specially top and bottom rectangular shapes. Google Translate gives many options for zócalo, I don't know the right one for this case: plinth, baseboard, skirting board, socle, skirting, wainscot. Depending the touching with the bleeding side, it can be upper, lower, left or right. If the contact is in two sides: bottom-left corner socket.
  • Pastillas (pads): solid color graphics, especially the rectangular ones, that DON'T touch the page bleed.
  • Cenefas (valances): sockets and pads with decoration instead of flat filling.
  • Pastillas de texto (text pads): pad containing text.
  • Frames or text frames: the elements that surround a text without filling. If it's incomplete container or container frame.
  • Filetes (fillets): linear graphics.

Anyway, when there are doubts about the name of an element in composition and editorial design, imagine the description of the page by phone:

The Computing magazine cover has under the name an incomplete bottom-left red container frame

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