Graphic Design Vocabulary overview

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The vocabulary of the graphic designer is a great enigma, good, at least for my father. Believe it or not, the graphic artist’s library is full of jargon. What we mean, believe it or not, we have libraries, and we read books more than I thought. Now it is your turn to understand the terms in the back of our minds. Listed below are some basic terms that you may have heard from some geeks having a conversation about art. If you are a serious parent or an amateur artist who is easily offended, please stop reading this article and search for some deadpan online encyclopedia.

1. Color palette

This is the reason why I stopped coloring books when I was twelve. Everyone should learn that giving children a box containing eight pieces of Crayola will not teach them color harmony (see Pantone system and color theory).

2. Typography

The great obsession of an artist. You will be surprised how we even formulated a periodic table of typefaces and how many hours we spent before finally deciding which one to use in each unique project. I guess there is more to art than Papyrus or Helvetica with a swoosh.

3. Vector

It was once a physics term that took my brain out of my head; now, it’s a type of graphic art that can be scaled to any size.

4. Adobe Illustrator

Software is used by professionals to create vector art.

5. Adobe Photoshop

What do fans use to make graphic illustrations?

6. Shapes

The only thing my dad knows in all the vocabulary of graphic design. Shapes play an important role in the design. The difference between a circle and a square is a gap of one thousand dollars.

7. Pixel

Miserable microscopic squares that made up the screen. Sometimes when I’m idle, I imagine them to be circles, so at least they remain a bit artistic when the image on the screen is blurry.