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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What is the name of the design technique based on dots?

I am searching for more information and resources about a technique I really like: unfortunately, I don't know its name. It is based on a layout in which everything is drawn with dots of several size,...
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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'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 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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Diffuse map and Texture map

I am basically a developer. I just want to know the difference between diffuse and texture. My assumption (as a new to 3D game development), from what I read is that diffuse is the texture applied to ...
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What is a flow line in typography?

I am reading a short text on typography, which refers to the “flow line” without defining what it is. My dictionary has a non-typographic definition: flow line a route followed by a product ...
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Title for a company owner/freelancer doing design, web dev, writing and photography

I'm about to branch off into the freelance world. I'm starting an LLC and I'd like some input on what I should title myself as the owner. For example "creative specialist" or "creative technician" or ...
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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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In page composition, how perimeter and dead space relate to bleed

I really hope it's okay to post this. I am currently doing a pretty simple brief on collage/composition and so far it's really fun cutting up magazines and such but there is one exercise I'm a little ...
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Design term for a callout box with lines to source?

What is the industry term for this effect?
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Term for content-holding iconographic images

What is a correct term for images that are to act as containers for other content, e.g. for holding text or cropping images? Common examples of these content-holding images are badges, thought ...
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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 the process of converting a raster image into a vector - 'vectorization'?

I thought this would be the most appropriate SE. Regularly I'm asked to convert clients logo's and various other images into vectors - for whatever reason they don't have the original files or cannot ...
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Spec-work vs pro-bono?

What is the difference between spec work and pro-bono? I have always considered pro-bono work to be a form of spec-work, but I notice that the AIGA position states: Yet not all unpaid design work ...
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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 does Scaling mean in this context?

I just got a pre-interview questionnaire for potentially a new job. On it I have to rank certain skills like creativity, attention to detail, photo manipulation.... one of them says "Scaling" Before ...
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What does it mean to be an illustrator?

I have noticed people here frequently talking about "Illustrator(s)" and illustration. I have no idea what 'illustrator' means in this sense! What is an illustrator? How is an illustrator different ...
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What do you call one-color concept variations?

When reviewing logo concepts submitted from designers, I want to ask them to include a single-color gray version, like something that would be stamped in a background. Is there a name for this in the ...
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What is the difference between “wrapped” text and “constrained” text?

This question is based on the comments on this answer to another question. What is the technical difference between text that is "wrapped around" a shape as opposed to text that is "constrained by" a ...
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What do you call the model for creating buttons for a web application?

I am looking for the graphic design terminology for describing themed buttons used in a web application. The way I understand it is that certain color/backgrounds are created and various sized ...
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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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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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what's the best term for this skill set

I'm looking for the right word to use on my resume, that will be understood by the broadest possible range of people and won't look like I'm over-selling my skills (or under-selling them either). I'...
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Industry Term for Interface that looks Intentionally Realistic / Archaic

It's killing me because I can't find a good way to search for this, but I've heard the term used when people discuss a lot of iOS applications that use knobs, sliders, and other graphical elements ...
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What is the name of a photographic effect where there are subtle shadows in corners?

If you take pictures and the aperture settings are not ideal, you will see a light shadow in the corners. Example: This effect is a sign of bad quality, but is also often used as a design element ...
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What is the name of this effect, and what is a good way to replicate it?

See how the image background fades with the black menu bar? I see this effect very often and I like it a lot. I would love a tutorial (either Photoshop or Illustrator) or how-to article but I don´t ...
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Does this poster convey a “Frenchy” look?

In the brainstorming to give a visual identity to the French Language & Usage StackExchange, one of the proposals is to base the design on vintage posters such as this one: But I am afraid that ...
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What do you call the process of taking a real photo and adding new textures to it?

I'm trying to find tutorials for certain types of photoshop image modifications, but I don't know what words to search for. Things like "touching up" and "photo manipulation" aren't specific enough. ...
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Difference between kerning vs letter spacing?

What is the difference between kerning vs. letter spacing?
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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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Graphic, Graphics, Graphic Design, Graphic Controllers

I don't have any experience with graphic design and similar arts. But my thesis is about photographic rules, and many of the rules there are derived from graphic design. I have a book about ...
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Is there a name for abstract pattern with lots of parallel lines and subtle curves?

Sort of like a spirograph? Like that old Mistify screensaver for windows. I feel like it shows up a lot as an abstract shape in the background of things. Trying to think of the best way to make one ...
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What's the clean Blackletter font used in this jeans logo?

I know it is not ideal to post the what-font-is-this kind of questions but I find myself intrigued by this sample I found on flickr. What I'm most interested in is a Blackletter font that has similar ...
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Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element?

Is there an industry term for a ribbon wrapping the corner of a design element? I'm going to be referring to this a lot in the near future, and it would be great if I could call it something more ...
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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 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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Info-graphics , Informative Graphics and Visualizations: Are they the same term ?

I was looking at Phil Gyford's Infographic and wanted some clarification on the proper way to develop and maintain an Infographic. The majority seen on Twitter and Graphic Design Blogs ... are they ...

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