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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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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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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 is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

I would like to know the difference between Wireframes and Mockups. I'm hoping to gain a simple understanding of the difference or to definitively know that both are the same. I googled it but I ...
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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 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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What is meant by “busy”?

What do web developers mean when they think something will make their site look "busy"? What gives this feel of busy-ness?
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What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

I've noticed that I often use the words "artist" and "designer" in the same context. It seems to me that every designer can be an artist, but not every artist is a designer. I wasn't sure though, so ...
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Why some fonts have the 'f' and 'i' joined

I noticed today that when I type a word with the character pair fi in it, the f changes when the i is typed to have a longer top and the dot above the i is removed. I was wondering if this occurrence ...
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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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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 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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What's the term used when the first word of one page is repeated at the end of the previous page?

There's a common feature in old typography where the first word of a page is repeated at the end of the previous page, usually right-aligned on a line by itself. This book from 1759 shows this ...
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What is minimalism in graphic design?

What is minimalism in graphic design and how can one apply this concept to a design? I keep seeing the term minimalist design while reading graphic-related websites and magazines, but I'm not so sure ...
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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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Difference between font face, typeface, font in the context of typography? [duplicate]

I am confused by the way these terms are used in the context of typography for web applications? Is there an accepted use of these terms and what is the difference when it comes to specifying the look ...
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Is there a word for when a logo uses an image for one or more of its letters?

There's a million examples of this, but the one that comes to mind is "smoke shop" with images of pipes in place of the "S"s, like this: Is there a word for this? (It's not a rebus!) I often see it ...
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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 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 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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What do they call those scrolly, curvy elements next to chapter titles?

There's a name for this, and I even found a web site that helps you create such things for web sites, but I can't find or remember either. The element is on both sides of "Season 2014" on this web ...
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What are the origins of terms “em” and “en” as typographic units?

As you know one of the most common versions of the dash in typography are the en dash "–" (Unicode character U+2013 and HTML symbol –) as well as the em dash "—" (Unicode ...
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Can we call graphic / web designers “typographers”?

Since graphic or web designers focus on typography and different ways to treat the typeface, can we call them typographers? Graphic and web designers spend significant time on choosing the typeface, ...
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What makes a font a “gothic” font?

It’s easy to find lots of fonts with gothic in their names. But what makes a typeface a “gothic” typeface?
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What's the name for typography that looks like the meaning of its content?

For example a flame who looks like a flame Or a typography snow who looks like snow Do you know the name of this exercice ?
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Is there a name for illustrations with non-rectangular borders?

I work on RPG books. In a lot of those books, there are illustrations that do not have rectangular borders: I know that the process is "text wrapping," but is there a concise way to describe an image ...
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What is a polynomial kerning table?

From Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style: Names like T.V.R. Murti and T.R.V Murti, for example, pose microscopic typographic problems that no binomial kerning table can solve. ...
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What's the name of the web design pattern of showing the shape of content while actual content is loading?

It's pretty common for Single Page Application (SPA) sites to load and display the site layout before loading its content. Lately, I've noticed that instead of just showing a wait-spinner or "Loading....
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What is the name for making words equal in length?

I'm trying to find the term (if any exists) for this: What is it called when the size of individual or groups of words are increased proportionally in size so that they are all the same width?
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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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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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Is “Graphist” a valid English word?

I was suggested to ask this question here at english.SE, to get more answers. My original question can be found here. As a foreigner it's normal for me to use graphist, calling a graphics designer. ...
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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 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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Is there a name, term, or practice for off-centering things based on volume rather than by width and height?

As an interface designer, and just as a designer in general, I often notice that I feel the need to place things slightly off-center in order to make them appear centered and balanced, due to the ...
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Name for type that has the same width and height

I know monospaced type (font) means all characters have the same width. Is there a similar name for fonts where all character have the same width and height?
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What do you call it when a letter extends below the word like an underline?

I'm trying to search for this thing but I'm unsure what terms to use. I see it a lot in logos. It's where a letter, typically the last, extends down under the word like a thick underline. Sometimes ...
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What is the term for the opposite of “bleed” in printing?

Bleed is the word used to describe the region that extends beyond the edges of, let's say, a rectangle. What is the word used to describe the region that converges towards the center of the rectangle?...
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What is the graphic design term for this element on a layout?

Whether print or digital media, what is the name of this element? On the main page layout, there is a small, not too obtrusive element with text inside. Usually a circle. It's not a callout because ...
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What, if any, differences are there between composition and layout?

What if any differences are there between the terms layout and composition when talking about graphic design?
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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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Name of justification style where the rest of verse is aligned differently

Found in poems in this justification style words that didn't quite make it onto a line but are still part of a logical line (verse) are put below but aligned differently (aligned to the side where the ...
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How to find existing names or associations a symbol has?

I saw a symbol like this, and didn't know what it was called or what existing associations it might have: It seems like a pretty easy question to answer by looking in a symbol dictionary or an online ...
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Jargon: What do company ad departments call the vector files?

As someone laying out an event program or the like for an amateur production, I need to call the sponsors and ask for the print-layout material for their ads. I'm getting second hand scans from ...
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How can I talk about drawing and at the same time avoid the assumption that I am only talking about analogue drawing?

In my day-to-day life, I instruct people to deal with problems that have a geometrical or topographical nature. And usually there is a critical step in the process that requires one to draw a picture ...
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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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Technical term for stray pixels

Is there a technical term to designate stray pixels (like clearly visible dots near contours) in raster graphics ? I seem to remember the word "kayatutu" from early Macintosh days but perhaps it was ...
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Term for line based vs area/shape based thinking

I am interested in working out terms to use for following things If you draw drawings based on lines or segments, and don't worry about the areas they enclose just the lines themselves and how they ...
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What is the proper term for printed book sides?

In german we call it »Schnittverzierungen«. There are different kinds of them, the most common one is »Farbschnitt«, where all sides are colored. Here are some examples: Source Source
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What type of graphical projection is this?

I have been creating 2D artwork with buildings drawn like the image above. For inspiration I have looked at a lot of isometric illustrations but obviously this is much flatter and does not have the ...
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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 ...