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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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What is the name of the enlarged and adorned 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, or the image below ...
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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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Style reference: What do I ask the web designer for so that I can develop what has been designed?

A graphic designer has finished the design portion of a large web project my team and I will be developing. (Only jpegs were sent.) I will be responsible for all implementation of the design, ...
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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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Photoshop: what exactly is a layer style?

I know about adjustment layers and filters are and the differences between them. But now I discovered this new concept called "layer styles" like layer shadows and stuff. My question is: What exactly ...
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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?
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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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