Design Glossary

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Capiz Shell

The windowpane oyster (Placuna placenta) is a bivalve marine mollusk in the family of Placunidae. Value for the shells and pearls. The shells have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence. More recently they have been used in the manufacture of decorative items like chandeliers and lampshades. In this use the shell is known as capiz. Shells are also used as raw materials for glue, chalk, and varnish.


a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also :  an object or decoration in this style.

color intensity

Color Intensity is used to describe the brightness and purity of a color. When a hue is strong and bright, it is said to be high in intensity. When a color is faint, dull and gray, it is said to be low in intensity. When describing a hue, value refers to its lightness or darkness.

color value

color value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. It indicates the quantity of light reflected. When referring to pigments, dark values with black added are called “shades” of the given hue name. Light values with white pigment added are called “tints” of the hue name.

Construction Documents

Includes the written and graphic instructions used for construction of the project. These documents must be accurate, consistent, complete, and understandable.

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