Posts tagged #Senior Thesis





A. Each month does have a sort of color, but I don't really see it as one solid opaque color, it's like there's a base color according to the first letter of the month's name and then some "undertones"  or like splotches of color based on the other letters. January is gray with some brown and pink, February is green, March is red with some pink, April is light pink with yellow and a little purple, May is red, June is gray with brown, July is gray and white, August is pink (darker than April) and brown, September is purple with some dark green and red, October is white with some yellow, November is brown with some dark green and red, and December is dark blue with some dark green and red.


A. I am attaching pictures of them. The dotted lines represent some kind of conceptual division I have between groups of letters/numbers. It's hard to say if I really "see" these lines, but there just seems to be some kind of distinct separation somehow. There might be something with depth, like the letters on one side of a division are closer to me?

The background color is really hard to pinpoint, for the alphabet it's kind of a warm brown with pink and purple tones? It's the same for numbers unless I'm focusing on a specific group like 20s or 30s that have the same first digit, then the background is more like the color of that number. After 100 the numbers go in the same "shape" as they do from zero, and then repeat it again at 200, 300 etc. Hundreds and thousands also follow the same pattern, i.e. 1,000-9,000 go up in a straight line then there's a division at 10,000 and then 11,000 to the right, etc.

If I'm just thinking about numbers in an abstract way then I usually see it as if I'm standing at 0, but if I'm thinking about age then I often see it as if I'm standing at 21 (my age) and looking backwards or forwards, and if I'm thinking about history I'm standing at 2014. 

Snippets from the 2nd Interview with Adrienne.

Sneak peaks into some of the posters that will be in the thesis exhibition. Many of which were inspired by Adrienne and her answers. 

Posted on April 22, 2014 and filed under Senior Thesis.



UPDATE: I'm working on flushing out the black & white posters that will be displayed in the exhibition. First up, phone numbers, below is a detail of a comp I am working on. Over all I want to keep the posters cohesive by minimalistic style, lack of color, and other graphic pattern to use as a system for how someone views forms spatially. 

Style copy.jpg

WHAT'S NEXT: Keep executing posters and begin constructing the frames for the exhibition. 

Posted on April 8, 2014 and filed under Senior Thesis.



I've been sketching and developing out how I can bring all of my research into reality in an interesting and engaging way. My goal is to stimulate Synesthetic experiences for those of us who don't see phone numbers as a color palette. I've decided to do this by using augmented reality.

Below is an app called Aurasma which allows you to add information to what is being viewed through an ipad/iphone. My plan is to create various posters using information I've gather from interviews and blogs with people who have Synesthesia.

For example, the phone number, I would design a typographic poser designed in black and white, as most of us would see the numbers, then with use of the augmented reality lens the forms will simulate a Synesthetic experience of color. Resulting in the expansion of the viewers perception of how color is viewed, used and interacted with.  

WHAT'S NEXT: I've downloaded the app, time to start experimenting with it's features and limitations. Also, keep designing the posters.

Posted on April 3, 2014 and filed under Senior Thesis.



There comes a time when you have research coming out your nose. You have to take all you have learned and discover how it can be brought to life as a visual experience.

Okay maybe I spoke too soon, what did I do next? Research. 

Exhibition styles, execution styles and gallery limitations. It helped me visualize my idea 3 dimensionally, brainstorm interactive possibilities and plan realistically the end result.  

NEXT STEP: Sketch poster series & design design design. Also finished up Interview series two with my mentor. 

Posted on March 27, 2014 and filed under Senior Thesis.






I associate every letter and number with a color, which I think is called color-grapheme synesthesia. They all have very specific shades. When I read a word it's kind of like the letters take on their colors in my head, although I can still see what color they're actually written in. I also see the colors in my head when I hear, say, or think a word, but unless I'm actively trying to picture the word I kind of just see the colors, not the shape of the letters.

An example of  color-grapheme synesthesia. NOTE: This isn't Adrienne's alphabet.

An example of  color-grapheme synesthesia. NOTE: This isn't Adrienne's alphabet.

I also have another kind of synesthesia where I visualize concepts spatially - like the year is a circle, numbers and the alphabet have their own specific layouts etc. In these visualizations the months are usually the same color as the first letter in their name.

March is red because M is red.
— Adrienne

That section of the year circle is red even if I'm not thinking about the word 'march'. I'm always trying to figure out what the background color is in these visualizations. It's some kind of pink/purple/brown but I can never see it clearly enough, and I think maybe it changes.


When I was 12 I read a book called "A Mango Shaped Space" about a girl with synesthesia, and I was like "Oh, I have that!" It's not so much that I thought everyone had it, but I didn't realize there was a name for it or that there were other people who had it. I thought it was just a weird thing about me.


I think my dad has it but he doesn't seem to feel his associations as strongly as I do, and he says that most of his colors are neutrals like gray or beige.


I study languages so it's interesting to see what colors I associate with new letters I learn. When I studied Russian most of the letters were just the same color as their Latin alphabet equivalents, like Г makes a G sound so it's gray like G. The Cyrillic letter P is yellow like the Latin P even though it actually makes an R sound. The letter Ш (sh) is kind of a grainy grayish-purple because it's a combination of S, which is purple, and H, which is gray. I've started studying Chinese a bit now and that's really interesting, some of the characters take on the color of the first letter of their pinyin (the system of writing the pronunciation of Chinese words with Latin letters), like 子 is written zi3 in pinyin so it has the same color as the letter Z.

It’s weird when I see characters that I don’t know how to pronounce though, since then I have no idea what color they should be.
— Adrienne

I actually find that synesthesia really helps me remember things, like words in foreign languages, people's names, phone numbers etc. Even if I can't remember it exactly I might remember it was red, or even just that it had a warm color scheme, and piece it together from there. In addition to its practical purposes I also just think synesthesia makes everything a little more beautiful since it gives everything color. There are certain combinations of letters/numbers that I'm drawn to for their colors. I particularly like brown, purple, and green letters/numbers together, even though I don't usually think those colors go together very well.

Posted on March 11, 2014 and filed under Senior Thesis.