Questions tagged [terminology]

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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What is the name for the kind of abbreviation that employs an underlined superscript to the terminal characters?

Sometimes abbreviations are made by placing the terminal characters in superscript and underlining them, as in "1st," "Mc," and "No" (see examples below). What is this process called, and what is a ...
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What title do I put on a project where I did the menu, posters, and the art direction of photos but NOT the logo?

So theres this restaurant that already had a logo. I did their menu, menu board, cards, gift coupons, and posters. I didn't follow any branding guide cause they dont have any. So I started from ...
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How to classify Eurostyle

How do you classify Eurostile and similar boxy and wide typefaces? Geometric Sans Serifs come up as a suggestion, and I understand why, but I hope that there is another sub-classification for it.
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What is “folio leading”?

I have the following exercise: And here is a demonstration of how to apply those typography rules: I am not familiar with the term folio leading and cannot find anything useful on it on the Internet....
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Is there a name for this transition?

Is there a common name for this kind of transition? This is a bit like a Slide Transition, but the content does not move here. (The animation looks jerky because of low FPS of the gif image. It's ...
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What's the term for text around and across a circle?

What's the term for text that's both in the shape of a circle and across it? The Creative Commons Free Cultural Works seal, pictured below, is an example of this. The Creative Commons Free Cultural ...
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Off-kilter design style

I'm trying to recall what this style is called where it's super minimal, there's a light use of shapes to guide the attention and the shapes and text are slightly out of kilter to each other. Does ...
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Is there a standard for categorizing typefaces?

So I was reading two documents on typography and each classifies font types in completely different categories. One document says we have : serif, sans serif, text, script, display and dingbats. ...
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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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Font that doesn't move when text is edited

What is the characteristic of a font called when each symbol has its own space and it cannot move the other symbols after changing. For example, if I have time in the format hour:minute:second, and ...
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What are the names of those thicknesses of lines in pixel art?

Above are shown demonstrations of various thicknesses of lines (non-anti-aliased). But I wonder how they're named. Is a named "a thickness of 1"? Is c named "a thickness of 2"? What would b be named ...
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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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What is it called when you display an outline version of a photograph next to the image and label or number it?

It's usually done when there are a bunch of objects in a photograph and it's hard to identify them or refer to a specific one without confusion. For instance, I've seen this done with jigsaw puzzles ...
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Job title of a person who does web animation

Does anyone know the job title for a person who develop websites just front-end but is heavily involved with creating animations, WebGL and all moving elements? I know it wouldn't be just a front-end ...
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What does “Pica” mean in the name of a typeface?

I’m wondering what pica means in the following context -also view Pica Roman n°2 from this article, Pica Hole font, and IM Fell DW Pica font: James Mosley summarises [Caslon’s] early work: "Caslon'...
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What is the name of the technique when an element is repeated at different scales?

For example, at the website of the Premier League, the zigzags of the lion's mane are used as backgrounds of the header and the footer; similar shapes are used as overlay masks on some photos. More ...
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What's the difference between Brightness / Contrast / Color Balance / Gamma Correction & Saturation?

Can someone explain the differences between these 5 terms, as if I were 5 years old?
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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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What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist?

What's the difference between a graphic designer and an artworker/Mac operator/production artist? Is one a subset of the other? Do they overlap? Are they industry-specific terms? Are in fact artworker/...
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Is there a way to tell character fonts vs non-character fonts?

I am looking at a PDF which is using the `European Pi 3' font. As you can see here, this font doesn't render the characters like actualy characters, but like different icons. The 'P' is a big circle, '...
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What is this shape that looks like a rectangle with rounded ends called?

This cannot be a rounded rectangle because those are not fully or "perfectly" rounded at the two ends. This is more like an elongated circle? A flat cylinder? I searched a lot, but among all guides ...
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What's the name of this type of chart

I'm struggling to find its name online. It's a line chart but each point of the two series are joined, as the combination of both of them is what defines each datum: Thanks.
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Graphic term for precise/geometric double exposure images

I need to find a graphic term that allows me to do a search of mixed split images with a clear division, no matter the type, especially photos. I don't find anything that fits, I tried with split ...
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Animation of scanning, transition to the other layer on effect

I want to create a transition using scanning effect (horizontal line going from a head to a toes of a character). Basically let's say I have two layers, one with green human, and second wth red human. ...
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A term for a color used sparingly

I am helping edit some text that an artist wrote about his work. He is discussing the limited color palette, and he used the term 'spot colors'. I clarified with the artist that he does not mean a ...
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What is a logo called when it consists of a symbol, title and slogan?

Do logos that are constructed using a symbol, title and slogan have a specific name?
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What is an overline in typography?

Often I hear the term overline. What is an overline and what is its function and style in typography?
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What is this circle technique called?

What is this technique called: http://dribbble.com/shots/260469-Squirrel-Construct See how the image is the result of overlapping many circles to create the final drawing. Parts of the circles ...
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Layout term for bar or rectangle of solid color

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 ...
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Upper and lower parts of k and j - do they have a name?

Some lowercase Latin letters have parts that go over/under the text line: compare w with k and j. The k has an upper part, and the j has a lower one. Do these parts have a name?
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Difference between traditional and digital 3D

What is the basic difference between traditional 3D and digital 3D? As you'll be seeing in the attachment, it is used on major sites like artstation! www.artstation.com
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What is type of design (Youtube music background and thumbnail) called?

I have found some examples where the thumbnails and the background of the following YouTube videos has these characteristics: Cover album at the background of the video. The cover is also in higher ...
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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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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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Does this kind of sketch have a name?

I am trying to determine the general name for this kind of sketch. I've been calling it a frame sketch or a ball-and-stick sketch for some time now, but I'm pretty sure that's wrong (especially since ...
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Renaissance type: what is the name of the long swash at the end of a line?

In scans of early printed books which use an italic type, I've sometimes seen an alternate letter form used at the end of a line where some extra space needs to be filled up. This alternate form ends ...
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What are the different stroke widths (e.g. in a W) in serif fonts called, and why do they have a particular orientation?

Certain serif fonts have distinctly different stroke widths for parts of certain letters (see WMVAU below) and there is a "correct" and an "incorrect" orientation. An example with Google Fonts Prata: ...
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What is the name of this sort of chart?

This particular chart was taken from CGP Grey's video The European Union Explained. However, I've seen many similar charts before.
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What is Gmail's new login page effect called?

When clicking on the input field placeholder becomes a part of the input element's border. The following image is from the new Gmail login page. What is this effect called?
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What is the usage of an underline, an overline, or both, around small word such as “the” and “and” called?

You see this often in a store sign, headings in menus, and so on, but small words such as "the" or "and" in a all-caps heading sometimes appear with an underline, an overline, or both, with the ...
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What is the name for these serif-like features of stereotypical “Old West” lettering?

Looking at the dedication plaque on the Salt Lake Temple, I was moved to wonder: What's the deal with this stereotypically "American Old West" style of lettering, where almost every letter has sort of ...
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Proper term for “Visual Nutrition” in English?

In Arabic, we have the phrase "التغذية البصرية" which literally means "Visual Nutrition". In Arabic, it means basically to develop an artistic eye by looking into other people's graphic designs (or ...
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What does 'alpha' mean in design software?

I've never done any graphic art or design. So I have a super basic question. I'm learning to use Krita. I keep seeing the word "Alpha", what does this mean/refer to? When I choose to create a new ...
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What are the dots at the ends of letters called?

Some typefaces with serifs, have on some ends round blobs, to simulate the little blob a pen would leave, if written with one. For example, in IBM Plex Serif: The pink dots are the parts I mean. They ...
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Text/Icon Radio Button Name?

Does anyone know the official definition for these buttons in the attached image (taken from the Apple Store app)? They're basically radio buttons with an icon and/or text in them, but can't seem to ...
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What is the name of shapes that bleed off the edge of a book page, forming a 'tab' on the edge?

In design of bigger reference books, a common element is adding coloured blocks at the edge of every page of a chapter. These blocks are made to bleed off the edge of the page, resulting in a faux ...
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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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What is the name of a squircle with three, five, six or more corners?

I know that the second shape is a squircle, but what are the other shapes called? Is there an actual name for them? The shapes do not simply have rounded corners, but the sides have a "circularity". ...
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What is this style of layered lettering called?

Basically what the title says. I just can't think of what to call this style in order to look up tutorials.