Usability Testing

A process in which subjects use a product or service under test conditions and report their experience.

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Typography

The art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

Balance

The principle of both sides of an object having a sense of symmetry. It ensures that the weight and visual mass are distributed evenly on both sides of a surface. Balance is more important than symmetry because people don't often notice when something is asymmetrical, but they will always see if something is unbalanced.

Layout

Layout is a defining characteristic of design. It dictates the positioning of content and design elements. Layouts can range from the simple, such as a four- or two-column layout, to more complex designs like grids with multiple hierarchy levels.

Bowl

In typography, a bowl is a curved shape used to control the area of white space.

Placeholder Text

Text that is used to fill in a gap in a document.

Negative Space

The unused or empty space in a composition of images, either two-dimensional (as with paintings) or three-dimensional (as with sculptures).

Close-Crop

Framing consisting of cutting off or obscuring most of the surrounding of a subject, removing distractions from the background and emphasising the subject.

Hand-lettering

The art of drawing original characters and symbols — especially for decorative purposes.

Copy

The written information that accompanies a design.

x-height

The distance between the baseline and the mean line of lowercase letters in a typeface. Nearby descenders (such as j) and ascenders (such as q) usually extend slightly below or above this height.

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