Design Dictionary


This is my dictionary of all design related words which you may come across at some point. They are all in alphabetical order and are linked to their definition if I have done a definition post for the word:

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3D process

A
abbreviation element
above the fold
accents
additive + subtractive primaries
alignment
ampersand
analogy
antique
apex
appropriation
apron
area mask
arms
ascender + descender
aspect ratio
asymmetry

B
balance
baseline + baseline shift
bellyband
bible paper
binding
bitmap
blackletter
bleed
boldface
book detailing
braces
brand
breadcrumbs
broadside
buckram

C
calligraphy
center
chevrons
CMYK
colour
column gutter
complimentary colours
composition
computers
contrast
cool colours
copy fitting
cropping
CSS

D
design
design elements
design principles
drawing systems
drop caps

E
ear
elements (design)
ellipsis
emboss
ems +ens
expert sets
exquisite corpse
extended type
extent

F
figure
fonts
font family
font weight
form

G
ground
grouping

H
halftone
heraldry
hero graphic
hierarchy
HTML
hue

I
icon
identity
ideogram
illustration
imposition plan
ink trapping
ink well
intercap (camel case)
iso paper sizes
isometric drawing
italic + oblique

J
justify
juxtaposition

K
kerning
kisscut
kitsch
knockout

L
leading
letterform
lettering
line
link

M

N
noise
numerals

O
oblique drawing
orphans
orthogonal drawing

P
paraline
pattern
perspective drawing
photocopy
photography
placement
planometric drawing
point
primary colours
printing
production systems
proof
proportion

Q
quadtone

R
raster image
resolution
runaround

S
sans serif
script
scale
serif
shape
sizing

T
tabs
tone
texture
typeface

U

V
varnish
vector image
vernacular
vignette

W
warm colours
widows
wire frame

X
x-height

Y

Z
z bind
zeitgeist

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