Overwhelming emotions affect the performance, productivity, and mental well-being of an individual. This has been a rising trend in highly sensitive young adults. To maintain well-being one can work towards developing emotional intelligence. With a higher emotional intelligence (EQ) the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions is better [1]. We lack an engaging way to communicate self-expression that feels in sync with us. The main problem being addressed here is to help people recognize their own emotions, by themselves, and then effectively communicate them to other people. Flow is an interactive creative outlet that allows highly sensitive young adults to express and discover their emotions and communicate them with others. It uses Natural User Interface, a type of human-computer interface that the individual operates through intuitive actions related to natural, everyday human behavior [8]. Individuals interact with the tool using four primary gestures. These gestures are tracing, selecting, panning, swiping. Hand gestures further trigger colors and brushstrokes based on the user’s level of energy and amount of pleasantness [5] when portraying on a canvas. This tool thus facilitates the user to keep a track of their emotional journey as well as encourages them to share their journey of emotions with others to build relationships.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Emotional intelligence--Interactive multimedia--Design; Human-computer interaction; User interfaces (Computer systems); Gesture

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Mike Strobert

Advisor/Committee Member

Adam Smith


RIT – Main Campus

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