design

Visual Vocabulary: Atonic

Atonic: lacking muscular tone. As in, “When Popeye traded in his canned spinach for fresh kale, his once whopping forearms became atonic, and Olive Oyl began to use them to play double dutch with Bluto.”

Visual Vocabulary: atonic, Julie Rado Design

julierado-atonic-definition.png

It's ok Popeye, I don't trust kale either. Come to think of it, nor do I trust canned spinach, so I guess I should be safe from either extreme.


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: Weltschmerz

Weltschmerz: Sadness on thinking about the evils of the world. As in, “Some days, the sense of Weltschmerz when listening to the news is just too much for me, so I have to turn on some mind-numbing fluff music to keep myself from feeling all the feelings.”

Visual Vocabulary: weltschmerz, Julie Rado Design

julierado-weltschmerz-definition.png

I think we’ve all felt some Velt-shmerts with the news lately, haven’t we? Thankfully, there are things like Mommy unicorns giving birth to triplets at the zoo to keep us hopeful. 


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: Cachet

Cachet: an indication of approved or superior status; the state of being respected and admired. As in, In 1986, Tracy's linebacker shoulder pads were an marker of her cachet at the office. The middle managers had sad shoulder pads from Kmart, and the new hires let their shoulders go naked. The horror. 

Visual Vocabulary: cachet, Julie Rado Design

julierado-cachet-definition.png

I can't be the only one who immediately thinks of that store at the mall when I hear the word “cachet.” Right? Tell me I'm not alone. Anyway, I never shopped there, but I remember they always had sequined dresses and I imagined that they outfitted wealthy, middle aged divorcees. And always with lots of shoulder pads. Side note: the Caché store logo has to be one of the ugliest custom type jobs I've ever seen. On the other hand, I give them credit for creativity. 


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: Barmy

Barmy: informal or slang terms for mentally irregular. As in, "When mom came home from work and put on her magenta toga and started to walk like an Egyptian for no apparent reason, we knew she had gone completely barmy."

Visual Vocabulary: barmy, Julie Rado Design

Apparently, "balmy" can also mean mentally irregular. Tomorrow's forecast? Balmy with a chance of nutjob. Better take your umbrella. 


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: Bellicose

Bellicose: Having or showing a ready disposition to fight. As in, "The old geezer certainly was angry when he noticed me walking my dog on his lawn, and he became downright bellicose when Mr. Wiggles answered nature's call a moment later. We almost got into a fistfight over some errant dog poop!"

Visual Vocabulary: bellicose, Julie Rado Design

Visual Vocabulary: bellicose, Julie Rado Design

julierado-bellicose-def.png

RIP, Wiggles the rabbit. You live on forever by becoming a good dog name for my sample sentence. 


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: Torpid

Torpid: in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation; slow and apathetic. As in, "The idea of being torpid reminds me of the mosquito in Jurassic Park—one minute you're gorging yourself on delicious dinosaur blood, and the next minute your tubby self is becoming permanently torpid in some ill-placed dribble of sap. Let that be a lesson to all you young mosquitoes out there."

Visual Vocabulary: torpid, Julie Rado Design

julierado-torpid-def.png

The other thing torpid reminds me of? Me sitting on the couch watching (insert name of show here) on Netflix. With my snacks. Oh, can you relate?


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: Marplot

Marplot: A meddlesome person whose activity interferes with the plans of others. As in, "That grandma who poked holes in her son's condoms so that she would get a grandchild is a real marplot!"

Visual Vocabulary: marplot, Julie Rado Design

I've been sitting on this one for a while, trying to come up with the perfect scenario for a marplot. I didn't want to have to resort to drawing Scott and I watching our ridiculously loud neighbors move out trashbag-by-trashbag and gleefully giving each other the play-by-play from the couch (though that did happen this weekend, and yes we are turning into old marplots—but hey, it's going to be a lot quieter now that they've moved out). Luckily, I remembered this fantastically insane grandma story on Dear Prudence and the day was saved. (Wipes sweat from brow).


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: Febrile

Febrile: Of or relating to or characterized by fever. As in, "When she came down with a febrile reaction to something she ate, Ms. Bumples dutifully tried adding more cowbell to her regimen per her doctor's orders."

Visual Vocabulary: febrile, Julie Rado Design

OK, OK, I could have come up with a more original interpretation of this, but why mess with a nugget of pop culture gold? I'm sure that Bruce Dickinson would agree. 


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: Gravid

Gravid: In an advanced stage of pregnancy. As in, "You should probably file the word gravid away in your 'things you should never call a pregnant woman' file."

Visual Vocabulary: gravid, Julie Rado Design

As I was drawing this week's word, but before I actually added in the word, I asked Scott if he could guess the word. "Bulbous?" No. "Ummm...distended?" ....No, but I'll give you a hint: it starts with a "g." "GARGANTUAN?!" Mmm, not quite.


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: Inveigle

Inveigle: Persuade someone to do something by means of deception or flattery. As in, "My friends inveigled me to get on that death trap speed launcher roller coaster at Six Flags and I nearly pooped my pants in terror."

Visual Vocabulary: inveigle, Julie Rado Design

Can you tell I hate roller coasters and have allowed myself to be inveigled into riding them at multiple points in my life to show friends and family that no, I still really don't like them? While I've never pooped my pants in terror, I have cried while waiting in line to ride Superman while simultaneously breaking into a cold sweat and having a panic attack. Note to boyfriends: this is not an effective way to make your girlfriend like you more (not to worry, that one didn't last and I married a man who doesn't like roller coasters either. Match made in chicken squad heaven.)


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.