How do you feel?

Orlagh O’Brien wanted to investigate how people feel emotions. His research project asks how people feel anger, sadness, love and such? A survey was developed. The results of which compared and combined to reveal visual patterns of feelings.

Can people describe their visceral feelings of emotion visually, and if so, would any patterns arise? In order to answer this, I had to develop some way of asking people to reflect on and describe their private feelings in a simple, repeatable manner, the results of which could be correlated visually and demographically.

By gathering concepts of feeling by word, colour and line and creating visual languages for anger, joy, fear, sadness and love – a kind of democratic visual language is created – a backwards-brand.

Visit his site to learn more about his process, methods, gathering and processing. Very interesting. But the visualization created here holds the most interest for me… It seems to involve complexity theory; the emerging patterns and colors that can be visualized in a art-like form.








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