Visual Vocabulary: Saccade

Saccade: a rapid, jerky movement of the eyes between positions of rest. As in, “Did you notice the saccade that Marvin developed after his eighteenth cup of coffee today? Someone needs to tell that dude to lay off the caffeine and keep him away from the clients!”

Visual Vocabulary: saccade, Julie Rado Design

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Bzzzt. Bzzzt. That’s what a saccade sounds like. Come to think of it, this is probably what we look like when there’s a fruit fly relentlessly hovering around our computer screens and we’re trying to find the perfect moment to lay the smack down. Call it the fruit fly saccade. Or if you want to remain un-fancy, ping pong eyeballs.


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.