Peep This Design Jargon: We're Pixelated! Oh No!

Peep This Design Jargon

As designers, we have a language all our own, which can sometimes leave you saying, “What in the world does that mean?” Have no fear, here are a few terms — and their definitions — that you may hear from us along the way.


When printing, bleed allows you to print to the edge of a document without having misalignment when trimmed.


The representation of what people feel, think, and say about a product, service, or company.


Stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, the colors a printer works with. This is also known as process color. CMYK is a subtractive color space; in other words, to make white, you take away all the colors


Comps are made to see what the initial design project will look like before it’s printed, showing the layout of the text and illustrations.


The difference in color found between the light and dark parts of an image.


Editorial text supplied for a design, layout, or website.


A shape or hole cut out of a printed piece, often combined with additional materials or colors to make the design stand out.


A common logo file, typically vector based, which allows the artwork to be resized indefinitely.


Non-glossy finish on photographic paper or coated printing paper.


An example of what a project can look like with the design we have created. Can be a printed piece or something viewed on the computer.


The space that surrounds an object in an image, defining boundaries of the “positive” space, and providing balance.


When an image is displayed at a low resolution or the image size is too small, this effect happens, creating unclear, blurry patches.


Stands for red, green, and blue, a monitor’s color space. RGB is considered an additive color space, meaning to make white you add all the colors together. You view the world in RBG, not CMYK.


The part of project planning that involves determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs, and deadlines.


Pre-made photos that have already been taken, available to purchase and use in design projects.


User Experience refers to how the product “feels.” The broad responsibility of a UX designer is to ensure that the product logically flows from one step to the next. One way that a UX designer might do this is by conducting in-person user tests to observe people’s behavior.


User Interface refers to how the product is laid out. UI designers are in charge of designing each screen or page with which a user interacts and ensuring that the UI visually communicates the path that a UX designer has laid out.


Vectors files, the preferred logoformat, allow for artwork to be resized indefinitely.


A basic layout without design elements. Wire frames are generally used in web design as a means to plan where navigation and content will sit on the page. They are typically demonstrated with boxes and other geometric shapes.

We hope our glossary helps you to feel more confident when speaking to designers. If you ever have any questions about design or designer lingo, feel free to ask a Juicer.