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Questions about terminology, industry specific words used in a given field of study or discipline. It's often referred to as jargon or specialized language related to a chosen profession. Ask anything about the terminology of design words and phrases.

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Is there a name for this form of 19th-century (?) table of contents design?

I've been remembering and inspired by an old style of table of contents/chapter summaries where a list of short sentences or phrases describing the events or contents of the chapter is presented ...
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What is this design element called?

On some illustrations, you will see an ornate underline beneath text, with curlicues: What is the technical name for this design element?
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"Pitch" when we talk about /computer/ monospaced fonts

Pitch is the number of (monospaced) letters, numbers and spaces in one inch (25.4 mm) of running text, that is, characters per inch (abbreviated cpi). The pitch was most often used as a measurement of ...
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Name For Too Close Word Spacing

I was wondering if there is a name for the kind of word spacing you can see in the first line: It is obviously too close as the words seem to blend into one long word. What would you call this "...
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The concept of adding useless features in preparation for manager review

I cannot remember where I came accross the following concept, nor the name of that concept. Maybe you could help me. The concept is about a trick of consciously adding a useless/bad feature to a ...
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What genre of pixel art were MS-DOS and NES games? How to draw them?

The image below is characteristic of MS-DOS and NES games. What is this kind of pixel art called, and how to paint on a similar canvas where pixels take on a diamond sort of asterisk look (*). 8-bit ...
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How is one side of Highway Gothic's lowercase s arguing with the other side?

Can you pls explain 3:04? What exactly is wrong with Highway Gothic's lowercase s? I don't understand Tobias Frere-Jones's commentary. If you take a close look at the lower case S, it does seem like ...
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What type of design is called when categories of catalog cut through on the right side?

I need a template to design something like this, but I don't know the proper term for it. Does anyone know what this type of design is called, when categories cut through on the right side of a ...
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Image made of shapes - terminology + software?

rI've often seen images that look like the following example Q1) is there a term for such an image? Q2) What common software is used to convert a real photo (e.g. human face) to be composed of such ...
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What is this design element for legends called?

On some illustrations, you have these text boxes which explain individual parts of the product. The text is not placed immediately beneath the item, because there's too little space to fit in. Instead,...
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What is the technical name of an obround cylinder?

I know that a 2-dimensional rectangle that has semicircular ends instead of flat ones is called an 'obround' or a 'stadium', but what is the name of a three-dimensional rectangular cuboid that has ...
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What type of chart is this and how can I create a similar chart?

My company asked me to make a sort of chart with the x-axis being product parameters and the y-axis being the names of different products, something like this: I tried to create one in Microsoft ...
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What is "dot pitch" on a computer monitor?

Older CRT displays have a specification for "dot pitch." What is this, and what is its connection with pixels and "dots" as used elsewhere in graphic design? (This question is a ...
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Dot vs. Pixel - rudimentary explanation

I've read many explanations, but either they all are too abstruse or they gainsay each other. Why Dots Per Inch Isn't Pixels Per Inch A dot refers to ink density, effectively; a pixel refers to image ...
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Isn't Slug redundant, when Bleed oversteps the page and Bleed < Slug?

I read Scott's explanation, but Slug still feels redundant to me. Because Bleed < Slug, then whenever you cut the paper at Bleed, you inescapably will have cut off the Slug simultaneously. What ...
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Rudimentary explanation - ArtBox, BleedBox, CropBox, MediaBox, TrimBox

I tried 4 different sets of definitions below, but they're still too abstruse! English ISN'T my first language. You don't have to read any thing below this line...I'm just showing all my work like ...
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Rudimentary explanation — "soft (k-means)" vs. "hard (Force vector)"?

I found this website thanks to user Lim. But please explain like I'm five the two options below. What does "soft" vs. "hard" mean? "(k-means)" vs. "hard (Force ...
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What are fonts halfway between serif and sans-serif called?

I want to experiment with fonts for a textbook (with math, so latex is the typesetting program). How can I find suitable and reasonably popular fonts that are halfway between serif and sans-serif --- ...
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What’s the name of this typographic treatment with shadows?

I want to find some tutorials on how this effect might be done in Photoshop but I don’t know what to search for. Does anyone know what to call this?
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Where do alphanumeric (or other) characters end, and a typeface begins?

This question might be on the edge of what is allowed, since it might be quite difficult to answer this with facts and reason. If this crosses the boundaries please let me know. The reason I decided ...
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What are "teasers" at the beginning of a chapter called?

In some (old, fiction) books, each chapter begins with a few sentences that summarize, or rather hint at, the developements in the chapter. For example, the first chapter of "Three Men in a Boat&...
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3D stereoscopic rotation effect from image(s)

I am trying to reproduce a certain 3D rotational animation effect, where an image appears 3D and is rotated back and forth slightly. I think it is achievable using a pair of stereoscopic images as the ...
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Should I put a hyphen in “sans-serif”?

If i am describing a font and i say «it is a sans serif» should i put a hyphen in sans-serif or not? A random amount of googling suggests that both with- and without-hyphen are used, and each one ...
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Is there a name for the style clash of moving objects from the background in cartoons?

You know how you could always tell which elements in a scene of Road Runner was part of the Coyote's trap? Or how characters have a much simpler art style from the rest of the background? I ...
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What is the visualisation in the picture called

While browsing online I found an interesting triangular visualization and was wondering if it has a name. The source of the image is https://www.studioterp.nl/carbon-taxes-a-datavisualization-for-...
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Is there a term for whether the middle of an uppercase M touches the baseline?

A number of fonts (Gotham, Vera, Nexa) have an uppercase M where the middle V shape doesn't touch the baseline. In many (most?) other fonts, that shape does touch the baseline. Is there a formal or ...
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Single word/phrase for "unindent and unalign"?

In the image, "dolor sit" line is "indented" and "aligned". If you pull that line all the way to the first column, it would be "unindented and unaligned". What ...
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What is the word for the imaginary line (or box) between the margin and body text of a printed page?

And are there special names for each of the four sides? If so, what are they? I may wish to ask my typesetter to indicate the imaginary line between the margins and the body text with a red outline.
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What to call a typographical error that is literally typographical?

"Typographical error", or more briefly, "typo", is often used for spelling errors, accidentally missing or added words, etc. Sometimes, though, there is an error that is precisely ...
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What's this button for displaying/hiding a sidebar called?

Some applications/websites have a sidebar which appears on clicking a button, and disappears on clicking (a modified version of) that button. For example, Atom (text editor): What is this type of ...
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What is the name for the spiky shape often used to enclose the word "NEW!" in adverts?

This is the shape I mean: If you were asking a colleague to design an advert with one of these in, what would you call it? And, do graphic designers have names for both the spiky shape itself, ...
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What's the name of these graphic elements at the end of an article?

It's a graphic element used in magazines and newspapers at the end of an article, to let the reader know the text ends in that page. It can be the magazine logo, or a variant of it, or just an ...
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What are the terms for the different types of image editors?

I think I remember seeing terminology for the different 2 different types of photo editors out there, but for the life of me I can’t remember what they are. I think one was pixel editor, the other ...
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Good name for object between squared and rounded

In the following image we have squared, rounded, lined and dashed objects. Each object is labeled with its name, but I have a situation between squared and rounded objects. What name would you use for ...
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What are these fonts with connected holes called?

I am looking for a font with connected holes like this for my vinyl printing project: But what is this type of font called? EDIT With PieBie answer, I found plenty of stencil fonts and I made some ...
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What is the name of this category of visual artwork? Is this pop art?

There is a style of artwork that I want to learn to create. It abstracts away most detail, but it is not really abstract art. It has a lot in common visually with vector illustrations, but some of the ...
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What's the correct English term for this old typesetting technique?

I am building up a typography glossary and I'm looking for the name of this old typographic technique. I have seen it now and then since I was a kid. It was common for more than some eighty years ago, ...
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What's this new button type called?

I've seen this type of buttons - no background and with an icon on top - in some places in Android 10 settings (Lineage OS 17, if that's important) and in one another application which uses slightly ...
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What's the name (in English) for those small animated infoboxes by the beginning of some videos?

English is not my native language and I can't figure it out what's the name of these specifical info objects (if there ever was a name). Just to clarify a bit, I'm talking about those animated boxes ...
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What exactly is white space?

I'm new to web design. I'm studying white space but I haven't found yet a clearer explanation of what space is and when I need to use it. The tutorial that I've read only said that white space is ...
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What is this geometric pattern called?

What is this background pattern called?
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Space between words

I understand the difference between kerning and tracking, but is there a term for the space between words. For example, I have a document in which the spacing in the line of text is so tight, that it ...
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Incorrect usage of hyphens in the form “Artist - Song Name”

I’ve read lots of guides about when to use hyphens (-) and when to use dashes (–). The usage is clear to me. And I want to stress a particular case where the hyphen is used incorrectly: “Artist - Song ...
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Why is the effect called Dodge?

In the process of answering a question on Reddit, I got curious about why the Dodge and Burn tools are named as they are. I understand now the terms relate to photography, and "Burn" makes sense to me,...
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What do you call the inverse of an ease-in-out curve for tweening?

I understand that an ease-in-out curve starts slow, gets fast in the middle, and then ends slow. But what if I want the opposite of that? Starts fast, slow in the middle, ends fast? The reason is that ...
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Shape vs object in Illustrator

In some tutorials, the instructor uses the terms 'shape' and 'object' both for the same thing. In Illustrator, are the terms ''shape'' and ''object'' synonyms? When I draw an ellipse or rectangle, ...
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What "Graphic Design" is and must it include Animations?

Let's consider the following activities, where NO animation 3d nor 2d are involved. Creation of visual material (online and printed posters, badges) to promote events, including the research for ...
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What is the difference between an intricate shape (common in ornate art) and tessellation?

I assume that the difference between an intricate shape and a tessellation is as follows: A tessellation is always repetitive in group-units while an intricate shape is repetitive sub-group-units,...
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Does a "minimalist" or "minimalism" category exist in some formal well venerated design or art literature and what would be one or more examples?

Design or art forms I would personally categorize as minimalist would be: Aniconism: Especially, Islamic and perhaps also late (and perhaps also early) Yahwistic and early Buddhist Abstract art: ...
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What is the name of this UI Element?

I'm looking for the exact name of the UI card (?) element marked with the red dashed lines here that is often used for product purchases. Does anyone know the name of it?
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