The Empathy Project explores integrating empathy into everyday life. The goal is to invite people to recognize and appreciate shared human experiences, ultimately leading to more thoughtful public interactions.
When walking around public spaces, you can find six poster designs, each asking one of the following questions:
- What made you smile today?
- Who do you appreciate?
- What do you hope for?
- What song is helping you through lately?
- What do you miss?
- What do you want people to care about?
As you answer these questions, know that strangers around you are doing the same. By reading others’ responses, you might find yourself thinking more empathetically toward the people around you.
For more about how to incorporate empathy into your everyday life, check out the Empathy Tips page.
The Empathy Project is a year-long capstone graphic design project by Emma Noyes, senior in the Graphic Design BFA Program at SUNY New Paltz. Preliminary responses to empathy questions were gathered January–March 2020. To see more of Emma's work, please visit emmanoyes.design.
Special thanks to everyone who had a helping hand in this project:
- Amy Papaelias
- Kaitlin Hoffmann
- Clifford Evans
- Chirakkal Easwaran
- Christopher Andreola