Visual Vocabulary: Ennui

Ennui: the feeling of being bored by something tedious. As in, "Every time I have to spell check a document that has Greek placeholder text in it, I am put into a state of ennui nearing comatose." 

Visual Vocabulary: ennui, Julie Rado Design

I should start by noting that this is pronounced "on-wee" and not "enn-yoo-eye," since that's how I thought it was pronounced (nope). I should also explain, for those of you who do not eat, sleep and breathe in the world of design, what placeholder text is. Sometimes, when copy isn't finalized, we use placeholder text just to get an idea of what a design will look like with text there, and it's usually in the form of Greek called "Lorem Ipsum." There's also Bacon Ipsum, Fancy Ipsum, Zombie Ipsum and Gangtsa Ipsum if you're feeling jazzy, but I usually stick with plain old Greek so as to avoid concerned phone calls from clients thinking I want to bacon-ize or zombie-fy their copy. 

Sometimes this copy isn't replaced until the last minute before the project is sent off to the printer, which means I have to spell check the document while it still has a boatload of a dead language in it. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. x10,000.

I really want to know, Adobe, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO CREATE AN IGNORE GREEK SETTING IN SPELL CHECK? Because that would be really great. I'm sure many people would agree that's worth the monthly subscription fee. End rant. 


Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.