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the a-z of graphic design

Discussion in 'Chill Out Forum:' started by davewill, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    hi guys, im hoping for a bit of forum help here! ive been planning a new blog post for a few weeks now entitled the a-z of graphic design, primarily aimed at students or those new to the industry. I want the piece to be a good reference for those who are unsure what certain terms mean, what the difference is between cmyk and rgb, how to prep for print, how to respond to a client who asks for a quote, the list goes on...

    so the idea is to list from a-z the essential definitions and descriptions of well used words and terms in the design industry, and ill probably post in chunks (a-f,g-l, etc)
    Ive started to draw up a list of many of the things I think are important, but please feel free to add more words to the list, dont worry about descriptions too, im not expecting people to do the work for me, I just want to get more suggestions as to what people think are important bits of info to know. My list so far is:

    A: Amendments, Artworker, Apple Mac, Aesthetics, Agencies
    B: Bleed, branding,backing up,brain storming, business cards,blogging
    C: Cmyk, colour, copyright, copy writer, cutting formes, clipping paths
    D: Design awards, duotone
    E: Experience
    F: Folds, fonts, feedback, freebies (As in downloadable freebies), freelancing, finding work, forums
    G: graphic symbols, gold foiling, graphic designers, greyscale
    H: history of design
    I: indesign, illustrator, illustration
    J: juggling jobs
    K: kerning
    L: line drawings, logos
    M: Mocking up, mac operators, marker comps,
    N: New media, networking
    O: Optimising files for print
    P: Print process, printers, paper sizes, pens, pricing work, PDF's, portfolio
    Q: Questionnaires
    R: Redesigns, reprints, RGB
    S: Sizes, substrates, silk printing, studios, social networks, self promotion, spec work
    T: typography, theory
    V: Visuals
    W: personal website, work samples

    Like I say, please feel free to add more, Id really appreciate it!
    Park Royal Pattaya
  2. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Understanding (principles, clients etc)
    Zealous (passionate, enthusiastic)
  3. Xtensions (plugins to help with your working day)
  4. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    X-Ray (so the doctors can see how far that pen that you stabbed into your client's head actually went)
  5. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    Haha,thanks guys,I might use the xray line and claim it as my own! ;) feel free to add more words to other letters too, it wasn't just the hards ones I needed help with, just anything u think is important!
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  6. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    x, y and z - coordinates :)
    c - computer, camera (could do slr for s)
    p - pc
    w - windows (could add xp/seven etc)
    o - os-x
    m - mouse
    g - graphics tablet
    k - keyboard
  7. berry

    berry Active Member

    I have an A-Z of Marketing presentation that i do roadshows etc.
    is for Zip, Zero, Zilch - If you keep doing the same old thing - then expect the same old results.
  8. jasonwall

    jasonwall Member

    Just a few off the top of my head Dave

    C - Crop Marks
    H - Hyphenation
    J - Justification (as in line justification)
    L - Leading
    R - Registration, Registration Marks
    O - Optimising for Web
    P - Proofs, Point Size
    Q - Quark Xpress
    S - Spot Colours
    T - Time keeping (should of had that one dave!)
    U - UV plate
    V - Visuals/Visualisation
  9. jasonwall

    jasonwall Member

    E - ems
    P - Pica, Points
    M - Millimetres
  10. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Agreed! Have plenty at work that I would just love to do this too!
  11. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    z-index, extremly handy!
  12. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Let us know when you've written it dave, I'd be interested to read it.
  13. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    ha, thanks mate! there was me thinking that by slipping in through the back door no one would notice!
    The Cliff Condos Pattaya
  14. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

  15. jasonwall

    jasonwall Member

    ooo errrr!
  16. DeanZappy

    DeanZappy Senior Member

  17. Becky

    Becky Member

    H: Hot metal (I know it's 2 words :p)
  18. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member

    Ha ha. I like this one
  19. ralphsaunders

    ralphsaunders Senior Member

    G - Grid.
    T - Target audience. :)
  20. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Just had a thought, B for Brief, C for Contract.

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