How to remember the meanings of "ingress" and "herpetologist"? Spend time with Veronika Heckova's illustrations.

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I love, love, love words and language, especially whenever lingo-love and beautiful design meet. So I'm all over Words Without Words by Slovakian-born, Stanford-educated, Los-Angeles-based designer Veronika Heckova—a lovely visual dictionary of words with abstract, complex, or underused meanings.

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The project is part Radiolab homage to words, part Johnny Carrera's visual dictionary of curiosities, and altogether wonderful.


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