Just what do our emotions look like? It’s a simple question with extremely complex answers. Emotionally Vague, an interesting and extensive project to graphically display how our emotions look and feel in our body, surveyed 35 different countries to get to the bottom of the question.
Using a simple survey of 250 participants between the ages of 6 & 75 years of age, the team researched how people experienced the feelings of anger, joy, fear, sadness and love. Given a piece of paper with human silhouettes, each participant was asked to graphically represent each of these emotions in 3 ways – as a point, as directional arrows and with complete expressive freedom. The drawings were then compiled in Photoshop to create a visual “DNA-like frequency pattern,” or in other words, a scribbly average of what people drew. It’s interesting to see how similar each person represented their feelings, as well as how people chose to draw around their silhouette. See the results of these 5 core human feelings below, then head to Emotionally Vague for representations of the feelings expressed with color.