At some point in our lives, we all experience it. You walk into a meeting, and it’s as if the presenters are speaking in tongues. Too often, companies use those three-letter acronyms (TLA), with the misconception that the rest of us know them. It gets worse. Not only do companies and individuals have the perception that you have these acronyms memorized, they are also unaware that many acronyms overlap. When someone says the creative team should be using more AI, does that mean Adobe Illustrator or Artificial Intelligence? AI has stood for Adobe Illustrator long before the introduction of Artificial Intelligence into their vocabulary. 

The list below is an ever-growing list of acronyms. If you are creative, this list is for you. It includes the abbreviations you may already know, but I have complemented it with business and manufacturing terms that may not be as familiar.

Next time you are in that big meeting, and someone leans over and asks, “what the heck does that mean?” You will have the answer and impress your colleagues. 

Please click on any letter to jump directly to that particular section.

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AAHID American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
AATCC American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
ACActual Currency
ACLApplied Ceramic Labelling
ACQAutomatic Color Quality
ACUP Association of College and University Printers
ADFAutomatic Document Factory
AECArchitecture Engineering and Construction
AFFOA Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
AFP Advanced Function Presentation (IBM data stream)
AGMAccount General Manager
AI Adobe Illustrator
AIArtificial Intelligence
AICC The Independent Packaging Association
AIGA The Association for Profession Design
ALA American Lighting Specialist
AMLApproved Manufacturer Lists
AMPAnnual Merchandising Plan
APAdvanced Productivity
APIApplications Program Interface
APPE Adobe PDF Print Engine
APPLApple Computer Stock Ticker
APTech Association for Print Technologies
ARAugmented Reality
ASEAdobe Swatch Exchange
ASID American Society of Interior Designers
ASPAchieved Sale Price
ASRAutomated Supplies Replenishment
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATF American Type Founders
AxFAppearance Exchange Format
B2BBusiness to Business
B2CBusiness to Consumer
BDEBusiness Development Executive
BDMBusiness Development Manager
BFSBlow-fill-seal process
BHTA British Healthcare Trades Association
BIMBuilding Information Modeling
BingBut it’s not Google
BISG Book Industry Study group
BMI Book Manufacturers’ Institute
BoMBill of Materials
BoMBuild of Material
BOOEBane of Our Existence
BPABusiness Process Automation
BPOBusiness Process Operations
BPOBusiness Process Outsourcing
BPSBusiness Process Services
BSCI Business Social Compliance Initiative
CADComputer Aided Design
CAGRCompound Annual Growth Rate
CAMComputer Aided Manufacturing
CASSCoding Accuracy Support System
CCConstant Currency
CCMComputer Color Matching
CCMCustomer Communication Management
CCRCritical Customer Requirements
CECCustomer Engagement Criteria
CEDCustomer Expectations Document
CFDA Council of Fashion Designers of America
CIDA Council for Interior Design Accreditation
CIMComputer Integrated Manufacturing
CMContract Manufacturing
CMCSCross Media Communication Services
CMFColor material and finishing
CMGColor Management Group
CMOChief Operating Officer
CMOCritical Major Ordinary
CMOCAColor Management Object Content Architecture
CMSCommunication & Marketing Services
CMSContent Management Systems
CMYK+ OGVCyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black plus Orange, Green, Violet
CMYK+ RGOCyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black plus Red, Green, Orange
CNCComputerized Numeric Control – referred to as Automated cutting
CORChange Order Request
COSCost of Sales
COY Color of the Year
CPQMColor & Print Quality Management
CPRWhat you likely need after absorbing this list
CPSCentralized Print Service
CPSIConfigurable PostScript Interpreter
CRChange Request= Change Widget in machine
CRMCustomer Relationship Management
CSAColor Source Array
CSDCarbonated Soda Drinks
CSRCorporate Social Responsibility
CSSCascading Style Sheets
CTPComputer to Plate
CxFColor Exchange Format
CXMCustomer Experience Management
D2CDirect to Consumer
D2DDay to Day
DADecision Authority
DAMDigital Assets Management
DBGDeath By Google
DDSDynamic Digital Signage
DFA Decorative Furnishings Association
DfADesign for Assembly
DFEDigital Front End
DfLSS Design for Lean Six Sigma
DfMADesign for Manufacturing
DfMADesign for Manufacturing and Assembly
DLN Design Leadership Network
DMAICDefine, Measure Analyze, Improve, Control
DMEDIDefine, Measure, Explore, Develop, Implement
DOCSDocument Outsource and Communications Services
DOEDesign of Experiments
DPIDots Per Inch
DPMODefects Per Million Opportunities
DRMDigital Rights Management
DSA Designer Society of America
DSCMDocument Supply Chain Management
DSCMSDocument Supply Chain Managed Services
DTFDirect to Fabric
DTGDirect to Garment
DVTDesign Verification Testing
eBookElectronic Book
ECEExecutive Communications Exchange
ECEExternal Customer Experience
ECGExpanded Color Gamut
ECNExport Control Number
ECNEngineering Change Notice
ECOEngineering Change Request
ECREngineering Change Order
EFI Electronic For Imaging
EFIWEnterprise Financial Information Warehouse
EIPEnhanced Image Permanence
EIPExtensible Interface Platform
EMRDFElectronic Mail Run Data Files
EMSEnterprise Marketing Services
EPSEncapsulated PostScript
EPSEnterprise Print Services
EPUBElectronic Publishing
ERPEnterprise Resource Planning
ESREquipment Sale Revenue
EULAEnd User License Agreement
EVAEthyl-Vinyl Acetate
EWSEarly Warning Systems
F2FFace to Face
FACIFurniture Accessory Control Interface
FATFactory Acceptance Test
FCFinal Candidate
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FGA Fabric Graphics Association
FIRST Flexographic Image Reproduction Specification & Tolerance
FLAG Flexo Label Advantage Group
FMFacility Maintenance
FMEAFailure Modes and Effects Analysis
FOBFreight on Board
FOFFixation on the Fly
FPA Flex-Pack
FSC The Forest Stewardship Council
FTA Flexographic Technical Association
FTPFile Transfer Protocol
FUDFear, uncertainty & death
G2MGo to Market
GDCGlobal Delivery Centre
GDOGlobal Document Outsourcing
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
GMGeneral Manager
GMGolden Master
GMGross Margin
GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard
GPDGGlobal Product Delivery Group
GRACoLGeneral Requirements for Applications in Commercial offset Lithography
GWSGarment Worksheet
HP Hewlett Packard
HPHigh Production
HTMLHypertext Markup Language
HTMLHypertext Markup Language
IAA International Achievement Awards
IATF International Automotive Task Force
IBG International Business Group
ICC International Color Consortium
IDCEC Interior Design Continuing Education Council
IDRIdentical Replacement
IDS Interior Design Society
IDSA Industrial Designers Society of America
IEEE Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
IESInitial Experience Survey
IES Illuminating Engineering Society
IFAI Industrial Fabrics Association International
IFF Industrial Fabrics Foundation
IFI International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers
IFMInterface Module
IGInstructor Guide
IGS The International Geosynthetics Society
IIDA The International Interior Design Association
ILO International Labour Organisation
IMBIntelligent Mail Bar Code
IMHOIn My Humble Opinion
IMLIn-Mold Labels
IoTInternet of Things
IPIntellectual Property
IPDS Intelligent Printer Data Stream
ISA International Sign Association
ISBNInternational Standard Book Number
ISCIntegrated Supply Chain
ISCC Inter-Society Color Council
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISSN International Standard Serial Number
ISVIndependent software vendor
ITCInternational Type Face Company
IWBI International WELL Building Institute
JDFJob Definition Format
JLYTJob Layout, Yours Truly (HP Indigo Proprietary VI)
JMFJob Messaging Format
JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group
KDKey Differentials
LCCN Library of Congress Control Number
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LDAPLocal Directory Access Protocol
LDPLean Document Production
LEDLight Emitting Diode
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LOBLine of Business
LRVLight Refective Value
LSS Lean Six Sigma
M&AMergers and Acquisitions
MAPSMaterial Acquisition Plan
MBFManagement by Fact
MCVManufacturing Cost Variance
MHRA Medicines & Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency
MISManagement Information System
MMLMonthly Management Letter
MOMMarket Operations Manager
MOMMinimum Order Multiple
MOP Museum of Printing
MOQMinimum Order Quantity
MOUSEMove Objects You See Easily
MPOMachine Purchase Option
MPRMarket Portfolio Reviews
MPSManaged Print Services
MRPMaterial and Manufacturing Planning
MRTManufacturing Resource Team
MRTMaterials Resource Team
MTBFMean time between failures
MTMMade to Measure
MTTRMean time to repair
NAPCO North American Publishing Company
NCOS National Change of Address
NFGNo [email protected] Good
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NPOA National Print Owners Association
NPRC National Printing Research Council
NPVNet Present Value
NRENon Recovered Engineering Costs
NTENot To Exceed
NWENew Work Effort
OAP Open Automated Platform
OCROptical Character Recognition
ODMOn Demand Manufacturing
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness
OEMOriginal Equipment Manufacturers
OGC Office of General Counsel (Legal)
ORDType of file format for Gerber PLM, which carries the information to process orders.
ORMOperational Risk Management
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTDOn Time Delivery
PAC Packaging Consortium
PAMPotential Available Market
PASProgram Acquisition Spend
PCEProduct Cost Estimation
PCEP Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform
PCIAW Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide
PCRPost Consumer Regrind
PDFPortable Document Format
PDF/APDF for Archiving
PDF/EPDF for Engineering Workflows
PDF/UAPDF for Writing and Processing Software
PDF/VTPDF for Variable and Transactional Printing
PDF/XPDF for Graphic Exchange
PDMProduct Data management
PDQPallet Display Quantity
PDQPresentation Display Quantity
PDQPretty Darn Quick
PDSProduct design specifications
PETGPolyethylene terephthalate
PFPPrepared for Print
PHPHypertext Preprocessor
PIA Printing Industries of America
PIS Printing Industries of the South
PIUF (poof)Product Information Update Form
PLC Product Life Cycle
PLMProduct Lifecycle Management
PMS Pantone Matching System
PNGPortable Network Graphics
POCProof of Concept
PODPrincess of Darkness
POD Print on Demand
POPO Power On Power Off
PPCPay Per Click
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPIPixels per inch
PPIPrinting Industries of the Pacific Northwest
PPIDPiece Part Identification
PQMPrint Quality Manager
PQPPrint Quality Program
PRCPalm Resource Code
PSAProduct Specific Agreement
PSIPPrint Station Interface Platform
PTE-GPolyethylene terephthalate
PVPProduction Value Prop
PWBParticipant Work Book
PWSPortable Work Station
QCDQuality Cost Delivery
QFDQuality Function Deployment
QR CodeQuick Response Code
QTXQuality Textile Format
QTX QuickTime Format
R2RRoll to Roll
RALReal Authentic Likeliness
RAP Robotic Automated Processes
RDFResource Description Framework
REACh Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemical
REMRepeat Equipment Manufacturing
RFRelease Final
RFARetail, Fashion & Apparel
RGBRed Green Blue – A form of additive color used for digital applications.
RIPRaster Image Processer
ROReservation Order
ROIReturn on investment
ROSReturn on Sales/ Raster Output Scanner
RPNRisk Priority Number
RRPRetail Ready Packaging
RSSReally Simple Syndication
RTB Reason to Believe
S/DSupply Demand
SaaSSoftware as a Service
SAGSales, Administrative and General Expenses
SAMServiceable Available Market
SATSite Acceptance Test
SATRA Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA Technology Centre)
SCIRSurrogate customer importance rating
SDKSoftware Development kit
SEAM The Association & Voice of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry
SEM Search Engine Marketing
SEO Search engine Optimization
SFCShop Floor Control
SGIA Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
SGP Sustainable Green Partnership
SIPOC Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers
SITRA South India Textile Research Association
SLAService Level Agreement
SLTSenior Leadership Team
SMBSmall and Medium Sized Businesses
SMESubject Matter Expert
SMMSenior Management Meeting
SMRService Marketing Representative
SMSSpunbond – Meltblown – Spunbond
SMSSalesman Samples
SMUSpecial Make Up
SNAPSpecifications for Non Heatset Advertising Printing
SODSystem Operating Description
SOFSoftener on the Fly
SOM Serviceable and Obtainable Market
SOTStop Order Taking
SPARSystem Problem Action Report
SPCStatistical Process Control
SPESA Sewn Products Equipment Supplier Association
SQATSystem Quality Assessment Test
SQL Sigma Quality Level
SQLStructured Query Language
SRASignal Rich Artwork
SRPShelf Ready Packaging
SSEServices & Solutions Executive
SVGScalable Vector Graphic
SWAGScientific Wilde Arse Guess
SWOPSpecifications Web Offset Publications
TAGA Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
TAMTotal Addressable Market
TAPTechnical Advisory Panel
TATTurnaround Times
TCBL Textile & Clothing Business Labs
TCXPantone Textile, Cotton Edition, Extended Range
TIFTagged Image File
TISPTightly Integrated Serial Printing
TLAThree Letter Acronyms
TLMI Tags and Label
TLWThought Leadership Workshop
TNCTerms and Conditions
TPPantone Textile Paper
TPA Texprocess Americas
TPMTechnical Program Manager
TPXPantone Textile Paper Edition, Extended Range
TRMTextile Raw Materials
TTMTime to Market
TTVTime to Volume
UMUnscheduled Maintenance
UMCUnit Manufacturing Cost
UMRUnscheduled Maintenance Rate
UNGPs United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
URLUniform Resource Locator
VGMVariable Gloss Management
VoCVoice of Customer
VoDValue of Design
VoDVector of Differential
VoIVoice of Industry
VRVirtual Reality
VUCAUncertainty Complexity and Ambiguous
WBLTWeb Based Licensing Tool
WHQLWindows Hardware Quality Laboratories
WISIWIGWhat You See is What You Get
WTT WhatTheyThink
XFAeXtensible Forms Architecture
XFDFeXtensible Forms Data Format
XMLeXtensible Markup Language
XTMLeXtensible Hypertext Markup Language