Orlagh O’Brien is a graphic designer who has designer and created a wonderful project which examines emotions and has created a visual impression of 5 different emotions, anger, joy, fear, sadness and joy. Ultimately, 250 men and women from over 35 countries between the ages of 6 and 75 responded. The sample was a mix of friends, their friends, colleagues and strangers.
The question started as: How do you ask a stranger (not necessarily fluent in English) to recall and describe their private emotions? A survey was developed and tested over a number of weeks. Each final survey contained five sheets of A4 paper, one reusable colour swatch board, a red marker pen and a memento card.
In describing the project Orlagh O'Brien says, "Emotions can be overwhelming. But not always so. They affect our thoughts and perceptions far more than we realise. It is well established that we are subliminally affected by visual media, and particularly in terms of unconscious emotions, drives and 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.
I love this project :) Please see more of the results on the Emotionally } Vague Website