Glossary of Design Terms

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A family of typefaces distinguished by heavy slab serifs and little contrast between the thick and thin strokes. Slab serif and square serif are the more common terms for such typefaces.


A process for producing raised designs on paper or similar substrates. This is done through a stamping process where paper is pressed between a metal female die and male counter-die, resulting in the paper being formed into a specified shape. Lettering, artwork or a pattern on a cover can be embossed to create a richer and more dimensional design.

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