Visual Vocabulary: Bumptious

Bumptious: self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree. As in, “Claire’s not just confident, she’s downright bumptious.”

Visual Vocabulary: bumptious, Julie Rado Design

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I imagine Claire Underwood gets up in the morning and on her vanity there’s a framed card that says “Bumptious Biznatch.” Right? I haven’t started watching season three yet, but somehow I imagine her thirst for power hasn’t been quenched. Maybe she’ll step over Frank and take the presidency...Now that would be some good TV.


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.


New work!

Just a little note to say I’ve finally gotten around to (gathering, shooting, editing, resizing, writing descriptions for, and) posting some work that I’ve done in the last year or so. I’ll be posting a new vocabulary word tomorrow morning. Word. 

Here they are, if you want to check them out:

Congreso 2015 Gala Latina Identity & Collateral

Congreso 2015 Gala Latina Identity & Collateral designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Monument Lab Logo & Collateral designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Women Against Abuse 2014 Annual Report & Strategic Plan designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Aelux Logo & Collateral designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Penn Urban Studies Event Collateral designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Penn Institute for Urban Research 2014 Annual Report: Building Shared Prosperity designed by Julie Rado / John Saal / Amy Saal at Untuck Design

 

Wood Fired Pizza Shop T-Shirts designed by Julie Rado


Visual Vocabulary: Natty & Tatty

Natty: Stylish; dapper.
Tatty: Showing signs of wear & tear.

As in, “Old Joe the hobo went from tatty to natty once he found a job and befriended the nice saleslady at Woolworths.”

Visual Vocabulary: natty and tatty, Julie Rado Design

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I don’t know about yall, but I’m feeling awfully tatty these days. I mean really, the negative temps have me wearing snow boots and hoodies to work and I don’t even care. I have a closet full of nice clothes but it seems like they’re all made of the thinnest material possible. Until May, nice clothes—I see you and raise my hood. Come spring, I’ll be feeling natty.


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Stolid

Stolid: showing little emotion; not easily aroused or excited. As in, “The bulldog eyed the fire hydrant, but remained stolid, as was his nature. Frankly, it was unimpressive.” 

Visual Vocabulary: stolid, Julie Rado Design

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I will admit that this week I took a shortcut and re-used this bulldog illustration. I created him (and a bunch of other fun critters) for a client project that never saw the light of day. But I couldn’t bear to keep him buried on a hard drive, so I finally took him out for a walk. He has yet to voice his appreciation. 


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Otiose

Otiose: serving no useful purpose, futile. 

As in, “When it’s cold out, it seems a bit otiose to indicate that you want tea, Earl Grey, hot. Of course you want hot tea in the dead of winter, Jean Luc. Similarly, it would be otiose to resist the Borg. Those guys don’t take no for an answer. This concludes Your Guide to Starship Enterprise Basics, Day One.”

Visual Vocabulary: otiose, Julie Rado Design

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Does anyone out there not associate the word “futile” with the Borg? I have a skewed survey sample because I grew up watching ST:TNG and all of my adult friends are nerds. So I’m sorry if it looks like I took the easy way out of illustrating otiose, but now I can say I have illustrated a Borg. That's going under the “Nerdery” header on my resume. 


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Frippery

Frippery: showy or unnecessary in ornament, a tawdry or frivolous thing.

As in, “Some people may think that the topping selection at the frozen yogurt store is a frippery, but I say variety is the *sprinkle* of life!”

Visual Vocabulary: frippery, Julie Rado Design

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I must confess, frippery is a word that I discovered last week and it pushed its way to the front of the line past words that have been patiently waiting to be illustrated for a lonnng time. But it was just one of those words that no matter what, I knew would be fun to draw. Casuistry, maybe someday I’ll figure out how to illustrate you the way you deserve to be illustrated. Until then, my choices remain ones of frippery. 


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Gelid

Gelid: icy; extremely cold. 

As in, “Every winter I arm myself with my knit hat, giant scarf, snuggie, USB hand warmers, wool socks and snow boots, yet somehow I'm still gelid. I wish a chorus of hairdryers would come warm me up. Guess Ill just have to wait until the spring thaw.”

Visual Vocabulary: gelid, Julie Rado Design 

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Now I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Which is why I put all of those links in the definition: so you, too, can re-create my winter look in the comfort and privacy of your own home! You may think I’m joking about wearing all that gear, but I’m really not. (OK, maybe I trade the snow boots for slippers, but only because I don’t want salt grime on the carpet). (If only you could see me right now, I’ve been wearing my down winter jacket for the last three hours as I did this illustration). Damn you, polar vortex. Damn you.


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Declivity

Declivity: a downward slope or bend (descent, decline, fall).

As in, “Twentysomethings often view their older counterparts as total fuddy duddies who have taken a ride down the declivity of fun. In response, thirtysomethings just chuckle because they know how great life is once you’re neither poor, tired, subsisting on frozen meals or hungover all the time.”

Visual Vocabulary: declivity, Julie Rado Design (click to view full size)

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Inspired by this series, I decided to use declivity to create an infographic exploration of the details of life in your twenties versus life in your thirties (click the photo to see it in full glory). Oh, and the differences between party activities? True story. Like “Go Ask Alice for thirtysomethings. 


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Otaku

Otaku: One with an obsessive interest in something, particularly anime, to the detriment of their social skills. As in:

“You couldn’t have torn him away from any movie or TV show or cartoon where there were monsters or spaceships or mutants or doomsday devices or destinies or magic or evil villains. In these pursuits alone Oscar showed the genius his grandmother insisted was part of the family patrimony. Could write in Elvish, could speak Chakobsa, could differentiate between a Slan, a Dorsai, and a Lensman in acute detail, knew more about the Marvel Universe than Stan Lee, and was a role-playing game fanatic. (If only he’d been good at videogames it would have been a slam dunk but despite owning an Atari and an Intellivision he didn’t have the reflexes for it.) Perhaps if like me he’d been able to hide his otakuness maybe shit would have been easier for him, but he couldn’t.”

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Visual Vocabulary: otaku, Julie Rado Design

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Not to be confused with seppuku, a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment, which is also in the original edition of Cards Against Humanity and needs to be explained to at least one player every time. Otaku > seppuku. In my opinion. Mostly because I had so much fun illustrating the Otaku Club card, but also because I would never consider suicide by disembowelment, if you must know. A better look at the card for good measure, why don’t we?


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.


Visual Vocabulary: Jingo

Jingo: (derogatory) An extreme bellicose nationalist. As in:

“When the question of Spanish characters came up, the officer at school said no typewriter anywhere has characters beyond those needed for English. But it isn’t true. The one you sometimes leave on the dining-room table has them.”

“Those gringos. What jingoists.”

“That was the problem at school. You can’t get far on a story without the accents and eñe. You begin with Señor Villaseñor in the bath, reflecting on the experience of his years, but instead he is en el bano, reflexionando en las experiencias de sus anos.’

(Translation without the eñe: Senor Villasenor is in the bath, reflecting on the experiences of his anuses. Whoops! There’s a big difference between años and anos). 

Visual Vocabulary: jingo, Julie Rado Design

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This scene is from Barbara KingsolverThe LacunaI loved it so much, I didnt even bother writing my own sentence. Hooray for grammatical correctness in all languages! Yes, I am a nerd.


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.