A quick and rough sketch of what you are about to work on. Good for getting the ideas out of your head and onto the page while you're still in that creative phase.
A graphical representation of the user on a device, used to represent various users in different contexts. It can be a photo, image or drawing.
A design style first introduced by Microsoft Design Language based on minimalism and simplicity. This newer trend focuses on reducing nonsensical designs and makes the content more accessible for all users.
In this way of designing, fewer elements are used to create shapes and less emphasis on gradients and textures. This modern trend moves away from skeuomorphism. Instead, it focuses on a realistic view or illustration with buttons and icons appearing flat with no shadows.
A technique used to sequentially present items in a list or other data set that are too long to display at one time.
A set of symbols or "characters" including letters, numbers and various other symbols.
Also called a line break, when you want to keep the text in one paragraph and not follow it with an airy space.
The typographic term for the dot above the letters 'i' and 'j'.
Also known as visual hierarchy, hierarchy is the ordering of priorities in a design. This may include different visual elements, such as contrast, colour, font size and placement on a page. The graphic designer's job is to create an understandable document using organisational systems that the reader easily understands.
The degree of difference between the two sides of an object or system.
The end (straight or curved) of any stroke that doesn’t include a serif. Some typefaces feature ball terminals on letters such as the ‘f’, ‘a’, and ‘c’.
The intensity of a color relative to its own brightness. Colours are said to be saturated when they have a strong hue and high intensity.