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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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?
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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 the term for consistent set of symbols?

I need a good term for a symbol set with certain characteristic. Let's call it X and give a definition: "X" is a set of visually consistent and different symbols. Visual consistence supposed ...
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Is there a standard naming convention for design phases?

Is there a standard naming convention for design phases, as in rounds of revisions, that’s not just Concept 1, Concept 2, etc.? I know that my agency uses Concept Phase, then Copy Layout, then ...
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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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Name for types of fonts (sans-serif with bevelled stems)

I want to find fonts like the one used here, which is SuperGroteskWebPro. It is notable that in this font the f, T and t have cuts on edges at some angles. It is also a very clean font and gives a ...
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Is there a name for smaller text on top of bigger text in typography or UI design?

I have a pattern where important clickable links have smaller text on top of big text to save horizontal space and emphasize the bigger text. Example: What do you call the smaller text? I'm just ...
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What is the term for color overlay effect? [closed]

Is there a specific term for this type of color/light effect overlay? If so, what is it? a user suggest 'gradient mesh' However I am not quiet sure with this as it does not come up in Google ...
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What is the name for the element with two selection lists and selector buttons?

I have a design for a control looking like this: I'd like to know if there is a commonly used name for such control to google its implementations.
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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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How is this kind of digital drawing named?

I saw kind of "digital" geometrical shapes drawing on some websites. I'm interested in creating some by myself (for wallpaper or logo purpose) and are looking for some inspiration. Do you have any ...
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

What is the name of the symbol shown below used to sometimes stylize page numbering or to call attention to an item in the page? It's hard to explain with words, but here's a picture. Does this have ...
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Why are the terms DPI and PPI so misunderstood?

It seems the terms DPI and PPI are misunderstood by more people than actually understand them. I'm not just talking about average Joe trying to print a holiday snap, I'm talking about graphic ...
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What does True Type Flavored means? [duplicate]

I need to work with Open Type Fonts only, as it is mandatory by my company. I used Open Sans, which is google font, and even though it says it's an Open Type font, when you click on the additional ...
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Pantone color reference with 2X

In the plastic industry, what's the meaning of 2X after a Pantone reference ? 802 C2X compared to 802 C
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The point of climax/resolution in an advert

I was wondering if anyone on here knows the technical name for the point in a TV advert where the narrative is resolved and the audience can understand what the message is and what is being sold? For ...
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What characteristics define a technical typeface?

I was reading this other question in GD.SE and suddenly realized that I don't know what exactly defines a technical typeface. It is very clear to me what defines a serif / sans-serif / cursive, but ...
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What is the name of vertical, side by side responsive website layout design?

The side-by-side content and page title, style of web layout. An example of this is Melanie Daveid's website. It is beautifully designed, and I am impressed. And I'm really interested in the design, ...
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What do you call these types of images?

What do call these types of graphics? I'm referring to the green part of this image. I found it on a website.
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What is the term for 3D printing, the kind with red and blue glasses?

I've been trying to find a a company that can print our invitations in 3D. When I Google it, it only shows me "pop-up" invitations which is not what I'm looking for. Is there a better term to search ...
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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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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 does “HC” signify in a font name?

Examples: Arial HC, IDAutomationHC39M. It seems to show up most strong textfrequently with free fonts.
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“Collateral” VS “Stationery”

What does "Collateral" means in the printing world and how does that differ from "Stationery"? People usually use the word collateral when mentioning stationery. I would like to know what is the ...
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What's the term for this Design Element?

I am looking for a term of this flowerish design element so I can look up some more variations.
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Is there a name for the type of design that's a bunch of 3D triangles of similar shade?

Usually see it in SVGs, either 2D or 3D. I really like the design, but not sure what it's called. Something like this: https://www.polymer-project.org/1.0/images/polymer1.0-01.svg Or even the ...
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Is there a name for this kind of website footer graphic?

(taken from KeePass site) These images were quite popular on websites around the early 00's, from as far back as I can remember. They seemed to phase out with the introduction of flat and material ...
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What is the name of this type design? (royal, classy, luxury)

I am trying to find on internet that kind of type designs, but I do not know what is the terminology of this type. It should be barocco art, old classical ornaments, luxury? How exactly it is called ...
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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 is the name of the design style where triangles are drawn in a way that gives a sense of dimension and depth? [duplicate]

So I have seen this type of graphic design used in several places. Here is an example: The exact pattern I am pointing to is how the triangles are drawn in a way that gives a sense of dimension and ...
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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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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What are the symbols in boxes used for? I have checked the wiki pages of Wingdings, List of symbols, Ampersand and Unicode/List of useful symbols, but I can't find ...
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Difference between graphic designer and visual designer

I see myself as a multidisciplinary designer. I do both graphic design and web design, with a main focus in visual-identity design. I’m also into illustration as well as type design, and I do work for ...
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What does it mean to clear cut images?

I found a job posting that says they have images that need to be 'clear cut', mostly of clothes, products, etc. Does anyone know what that means?
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What is the graphic design term for “cartoony?”

I need to relate some information to some graphic designers and I want to tell them that I don't want imagery that is "cartoony," or "cartoonish." How do I tell them this in their own lingo (and ...
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What does a “white-on-transparent” image mean?

Reading Android's new instructions to adapt my app icon (in a status bar), I am stuck on this: Notification icons should only be a white-on-transparent background image. What does it mean a "...
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Definition of Premium fonts

I see the term "premium font" used a lot, but cannot find a definition of the term. What makes a premium font different from, I presume, non-premium fonts?
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What is this shape called? It's a circle with a right angle in one corner

I'm trying to find an example of this shape online, but I don't know what to look for. It seems to be pretty popular in graphic design lately. It's a circle with a right angle in one corner. But when ...
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What is this type of style called? [duplicate]

What is this type of style called?
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What do you call this word-image made of other words?

What do you call this type of image in design term?
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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 this arrangment of elements in broadcast news called?

I am searching for the name of an arrangement typically used in news-broadcast designs, exemplified below (Terror in Boston, with rectangle above). In French we call these mortaise, but I cannot find ...
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What is a flavor(s) in graphic design?

I am creating a logo for an upcoming event, and I was asked to submit “flavors” for vector graphics and B/W. This is probably a given that all designers should know (I’m an IA architect), but what are ...