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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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How to describe a "split-screen shot" layout in traditional art terms?

If it were film or a video game I would call this type of two-frame layout a split-screen shot. What would it be called if doing a static design for print? To take it a bit further, I have two ...
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What does "determining a message" mean in context of design?

Graphic designers use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects in print or electronic mediums to help determine the message the design should convey. Doesn't a graphic ...
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Clarity around brand identity, visual identity, and brand guidelines

I'm a bit confused about terms like brand identity, visual identity, brand guidelines, brand style guide, brand identity guidelines, etc., and I have some questions: Is brand identity a tangible ...
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What is the professional term for an image that separates between parts of a webpage?

If you want to separate parts of a webpage in a website you could use a CSS border command or an HTML <hr> tag, but these designs could be a bit bland and you may want to use some wide image for ...
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Name for different "fillings" of arrows?

For the purposes of writing an academic paper, I need to briefly explain a certain visualization I've made. The visualization involves multiple types of arrows, including dashed arrows, dotted arrows, ...
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Is there a term for a page layout with one column having no body text?

There is a technique in book design that creates a very wide outer (or sometimes inner) margin to the body text, allowing the lay-outer to put parts of the content in there. Think of annotations, ...
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What is the name for those lines used in place of words?

What is the name for those lines used in place of words, for example in a cartoon contract? Sometimes they're straight and sometimes they're wavy.
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Typography, editorial design, editorial practice, copy editing

I tried to figure these things myself, but with no luck yet. Maybe because I'm a foreigner and a complexity of terminology mixes with a complexity of English. And so the question. It consists of four ...
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Are tittles ("i" and "j") ascenders?

All typography sites seem to be in agreement about most typefaces: The lower-case letters b, d, f, h, k, l, and t usually have ascenders. The lower-case letters i and j usually have a dot on top, ...
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What is the name for this kind of vertical separator?

What is the name of this kind of vertical separator between sections? I've seen it somewhere but can't remember where or what it's called. It's likely a specific type of printer's ornament, however I ...
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Leading space/padding in sans-serif fonts

Notice the small space before the letter L in the first two lines in the following image. It's more notable the larger the font size, but it's there in the second line too. The fonts in this example ...
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What is the name of this blurred gradient background light/ray?

I've seen them on websites such as Tailwind CSS and Braydon Coyer. What is the correct name for these background lights/rays?
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Creating an image using typography

I have an assignment where I need to create an image only using typography yet and I think it is similar to Ascii Art, am I correct? Or what is this type of design called? Thank you
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What is the name for the bar on a site appearing above or below the navigation bar, usually containing a discount or other promotion?

What is the name for the bar on a site appearing above or below the navigation bar, usually containing a discount or other promotion? Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about: Nike Adidas ...
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What is the technical branch of concept at design behind the "industrial spaceship style"?

Look at these concept arts of spaceships [1],[2],[3]. It is clear that they "merge" heavy machinery vehicle elements and the fiction of a spaceship. I would like to know the name of this ...
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Help identifying printing color technology and style

I'm looking for the correct printing terms to describe the attached image of an early trading card. It seems to be some form of chromolithography. Does this sound correct? Are there more specific ...
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What do we call darker, deeper, richer colors?

Burgundy, Forest Green, Navy/Royal Blue, to me, all have a darker, richer shade than their primary color counterparts. We identify lighter, duller shades as pastel, do we have a word for darker and ...
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What is this shape?

I want to create a shape like this in MS Office. But in order to find out how to do that, I need to know the name of the shape. Does anyone know what it's called?
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What are these design elements often found in vintage newspapers and texts called?

I've been on a search for a while now but I can't figure out the term for this design element. I'm not even really sure what to look up. I tried going through terms associated with typography but no ...
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What are these two types of lay-flat binding called?

I'm in the process of printing a book. I would like to use lay-flat binding. What are the following two types of lay-flat binding called? Lay-flat binding type 1: Lay-flat binding type 2 Please ...
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What is this effect called and how can i create it on photos with FOSS?

Searching for name of effect I want to design posters and I have stumbled upon this effect often, but I don't know what it is called. Thus I haven't been able to look for tutorials. I am not talking ...
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What shape is this?

Not sure what shape this is I can’t find it anywhere
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What is name of this design that looks like a chemistry molecule?

I have to develop below design in Android. Before starting it, I should know the name of design so that I can search in Google to get some help. Can anyone tell me what we say to below design/UI?
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Words for relative orientation of sides of double-sided paper?

Are there existing words to describe the relative orientation of the front and back of a double sided piece of paper? The four different cases I can think of can be explained with me holding a ...
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Is this considered graphic design?

I know the photos look weird, But are they considered graphic design or not?
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What is the name of the shape that looks like a rectangle with rounded tops named?

What is the name of the shape called that looks like a 3x5 card with rounded top corners and header with background color? Two examples: Update: As someone mentioned it’s sort of a shape with shapes ...
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What is the following Frame called?

I'd like to design something like this with CSS but I need to know the name to google it. I tried to Google similar images to no avail.
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What's the way of reading where words appear on the screen every time period?

I think I've heard of a way of reading in which words appear on the screen every second or less. For example, I've seen it used in some dynamic Apple promo and it works. What's the method of reading ...
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Is a teaser with no image still a teaser?

I usually expect a teaser to have some kind of multimedia content like an image or a video or an audio preview. Pretty much like a media-object . But is a teaser still a teaser, if there's no ...
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What's the name of this style of chart that splits flows?

Does anyone know what the name of this style chart that shows a flow and has parts splitting off along the x axis?
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What's the rectangle surrounding a font glyph, including its sidebearings, called?

What's the rectangle surrounding a font glyph, including its sidebearings, called? I Googled the words "bounding box" and got conflicting results, where some sources say it's the rectangle ...
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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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Typography- what is the bottom end of the L called?

I'm trying to learn about typography and I made this image, but I wasn't sure this was the arm because it's at the bottom of the letter. Can anyone help, please?
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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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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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