Graphic design affects everyone, from people who think about design every day to people who never give it much thought. Whichever group you identify with or if you find yourself somewhere in between, this glossary of 50 graphic design terms will help you test your knowledge or learn something new. We have included some really specific terms that will give you a sneak peek at some technical things graphic designers think about.
Designer Irina Blok chronicles modern life through charts.
Typography is primarily thought of by designers, but there are some typefaces so popular that they enter the larger cultural...
Typography is a design tool so universally used that almost everyone can name at least one typeface. Many creatives have strong opinions on typefaces and fonts, and some have strict rules on which they use and when. Before we dive into some famous and historically important typefaces, there are two basic distinctions you should understand. Though often used interchangeably, “font” and “typeface” do not mean the same thing.
The design ideology of Massimo Vignelli often sounds a bit intense.
UK-based art studio Dorothy is known for its clever infographics that combine educational facts with beautiful visuals.
Dutch graphic designer Chungkong loves movies. So much so that after a long day of working on brand identities and advertising for clients, he comes home to work on his passion—movie posters. For several years he's been churning out minimalist movie posters for every film he watches, and now has amassed a collection of over 1,200 posters. And lucky for fellow film buffs, they are all available for purchase at Fine Art America.
Netherlands-based graphic designer Sander Flink demonstrates the visual power of language in his striking wordmarks.
UK-based studio Dorothy creates conceptual and innovative art with a clever and, oftentimes, educational twist.
Hand-lettering artists utilize the beauty of the alphabet to transform simple words and phrases into striking works of art. Argentina-based graphic designer and illustrator Macarena Chomik takes this art form one step further by embellishing her typographical paintings with beautiful botanical motifs. Chomik takes simple motivational phrases such as “Things will work out” and “This is going to be a great day” and frames them with a variety of colorful flora, animals, and geometric shapes.
Everyone is familiar with the saying “All roads lead to Rome,” dating back to a time when all empirical roads...
Sweden-based graphic designer Viktor Hertz (of pictogram movie posters and honest logos) has just released his latest project on Kickstarter.