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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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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What is this geometric pattern called?

What is this background pattern called?
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What are side boxes properly called?

What is the correct name for aside boxes that text has to flow around? For an example of what I mean, please look at this article. I'm talking about boxes like the one that starts with "Sign Up for ...
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What is Crowdsourcing in the context of Graphic Design?

I keep reading about "Crowdsourcing" in the context of Graphic Design. I know what crowdsourcing is, but what has it got to do with Graphic Design in particular? Also there's lots about contests. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is there a specific name for this square with two corners sharp and two corners rounded?

As a seasoned design professional I have memorised most of my shapes....triangles, circles... even rectangles, but I need to do some research on this shape, and for the life of me I cannot think "what ...
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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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What do you call (S×V) in the HSV color model?

What do you call the quality of a color being “vivid,” or in other words, the quality of a hue being distinct and recognizable? Mathematically speaking, what do you call (S×V) in the HSV color model?
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Is there a name for smaller parts of a glyph in typography?

My understanding is that a symbol in typography is often called a glyph. There are cases when one glyph is composed of multiple "components" with space in between them, e.g. :, ;, etc. Is there any ...
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Is there a term for branding that is adaptive / modular which can be used to create brands and sub-brands?

It has been quite some time since the City of Melbourne rebranding project, which has arguably popularized the concept of branding design that is adaptive and modular enough to be used in a variety of ...
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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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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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