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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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Does anyone know what these background bubble objects are called/achieved? [closed]

I am a programmer and not an artist so I apologize in advance if the question I am asking sounds trivial. But does anyone know what these things (floating interconnected ball effect) is called? I see ...
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What does it mean to present a logo and promo materials in “1:1”?

I'm currently working on some promo materials for a company I'm currently doing a logo design for. They asked me to do a memorandum, business card, folder, envelope, and a seal. They stated: to be ...
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Is a 3D modeler considered a graphic artist?

Is a 3D modeler considered a graphic artist? When I think graphic artist, I think 2D, photoshop, advertisement, comics, etc, so I am not sure if modelling falls in this category too.
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What is the origin and the name of this style of the glyph “0”?

Unlike your usual methods of distinction like a dot or a slash in the center, or a narrower shape, this style uses horizontal stress. Good examples of it are the Academica, Turquoise fonts. I'm ...
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What is the correct term of this part on a typeface

a quick question. What is the correct term of this (see picture) on a font?
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What is it called when all the characters are typed out for typeface examination?

Sometimes when choosing typefaces, it is helpful to examine all the characters so you aren't surprised when (for example) the dollar sign looks unusual. Beyond typing "the quick brown fox", what is ...
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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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What's a doent?

In some software forums, posts refer to something called a "doent" (e.g., here and here). When trying to open .tif files in Photoshop 6.0, I get the following error message, "Could not open......
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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 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 this chart element?

What is the name for these vertical bands in this graph?
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What does my client mean by a '100.000 DPI, lossless vector 3D' logo?

My client sent me this: I'd like a logo for myself, must be 100.000 DPI, lossless vector 3D printed in gold. I totally don't understand his request? Please explain things to me. First client ever.
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Hoefler text, capital and apostrophe

Consider the following snippets featuring the kerning between L' and the following word expérience, which is a common occurrence in French, for several classic fonts, as well as the relatively new ...
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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 different between Typography, Typeface, and Type (Not Font)?

I have been seeing people and book authors use the word "Type" for so long now but never really thought about what "Type" actually means when compared to Typography and Typeface. Can anybody please ...
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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 do you call this type of animated graphic?

I am trying to make a bunch of images such as the one above to explain a part of my app. I would like to hire someone to make them for me but I am not sure what you call them. I have tried: animated ...
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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 exactly is a presentation or pitch deck?

I have seen these terms in different places, so when a client is requesting a presentation or pitch deck to be delivered, does that mean a Powerpoint file specifically, or it can also imply a PDF?
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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 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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Confused over hue, saturation,luminosity [duplicate]

I am trying to make sense of luminosity, hue, saturation and color. I read this online: Hue, saturation and value together make a color. But hue is also the term for pure colors like red, green, ...
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Is there a standard list of names for different arrowhead shapes?

Is there a standard list of names for different arrowhead shapes? I don't mean Indian/Native American arrowheads, I mean arrowheads that you would find in clipart, visio, adobe, word, etc. I just ...
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Name of the contrasting text effect

I'm looking for a name for the effect when there's a layer over another layer so that one of them always adjusts so that it has always the opposite shade of spectrum. So I want a title to look black ...
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What is this type of (speech bubble text) style called?

Where the text fills every part of the bubble. I know this is most likely a (custom) font stretched and warped to fit in the box. I also know that there's most likely no one easy way to do it. What ...
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Difference between a Font attribute and a Typeface attribute

Background: So, I am getting UI development in Android and as I started reading TextView attributes, I found an attribute called typeface. I then searched the technical differences between a font and ...
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Term for the CoeXisT-like images? [duplicate]

Is there a term in design for the logos that mix images/symbols the same way the Coexist logo does?
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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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What does “spaced generously at 75” mean?

I'm reading an article on typography and it is suggested at one point that a certain heading should have "Small Caps, spaced generously at 75". What does that number, 75, represent?
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Can the term “source file” be used interchangeably with “native file”?

I am a graphic designer working at a university. My clients and colleagues are not informed on design terminology and using the term native file is often met first with a negative emotional response ...
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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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Are there Graphic Designers that only do logos?

I'm not sure what all a Graphic Designer does. If it is like someone saying they "work on computers," it can mean anything, but is there such a thing as a designer that only does Logos? Does that ...
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What does 'design with capital D' mean? [closed]

Recently I have started watching/listening to the High Resolution podcast -- which I enjoy a lot, and there has been several occasions where the hosts or the guest has mentioned the term design with ...
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Term for derivative art where only the arrangement is changed

When I first started designing ~15 years ago, I spent hours trying to create banners completely from scratch, drawing all the shapes by hand. I always felt that I didn't want anyone else to ever be ...
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First letter of a book or chapter

Is there a name for the decorative, often scrolled, capital letter of the first word of a book or chapter? See the scrolled "T" icon by my user name for an example.
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Understanding an interview question about CSS

Currently, I'm applying for a position which is for a sort of mixed web designer and front-end developer position. I've passed the CV screening and received an interview from from the company. I got ...
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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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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's the term for an image that's been traced and made transparent?

What's the name of an image (TIFF) that's been traced, isolated from its background and saved with a transparent background? Layered? Traced?
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What kind of web page is this? [closed]

What do you call this page? I know it's a login page but what type of page is this? Would you call it a "single page template", different from the other pages in a template, and easy to insert some ...
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What's the difference between Illustration and Graphic Design?

What is the difference between graphic design and illustration? I ask because I want to know what to write in my social media biography.
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Is there a word for the particular usage of the curly brace, or a shape like it, to indicate part of a diagram?

Or for measurements. Consider the green things in this image: Referred here from the English SE: english.stackexchange.com/posts/365966
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Name of the technique used to simulate eye focusing?

Our teacher told us that the Mona Lisa painting uses the effect sfumato which stands for the fact that the borders of the face are blended more than the nose and the eyes. However, from the Wikipedia ...
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How is a 'design language' different from a style guide or pattern library?

Google calls material design their 'design language'. IBM and Airbnb also call what seems like a style guide a design language or design system. What's exactly the difference? From what I see at a ...
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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's the term for the emphasis on the first words in a body of text?

Is there a formal term for when the first word(s) or line of an article are emphasized? For example, on Wired, the first three words are set in small caps for emphasis, and I've seen similar things ...
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How to practically interpret a specified font weight?

Designers have provided us with the specification that a font should be rendered with weight 75 Bold. The software I am using (CSS, WPF) expects font weights in the range of roughly 100 and 900. How ...
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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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Found a branding project, but can someone tell me what exactly these numbers below represent? (see image>>)

I was just curious to see if anyone could tell me what the numbers below the wordmark are meant to indicate? Kerning?
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Meaning of “material design”

I have seen several websites and smartphone apps claim that they employ a "material design". Is this a lose term, or not? What exactly does this term mean our imply?