Mi-hee Hong


Emotional health is an essential element in advancing towards one's life goals and is inextricably connected with physical and social well-being. Since emotions involve physiological, behavioral, and cognitive changes, emotional problems can cause serious problems throughout one's life.

Understanding one's emotional states precisely and suitably expressing emotions are the most salient methods for maintaining emotional health. However, managing and comprehending complicated changes in emotions can be personally challenging and demanding.

This thesis not only concentrates on the process of design thinking to determine how to enhance personal emotional intelligence but also proposes the use of both a digital device for expressing emotions properly and a mobile application for having a better awareness of one's emotional state. The intent of this study is to offer these new designs through an integrated process to improve emotional health in daily life.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Emotions--Technological innovations; Expression--Technological innovations; Mobile apps--Development

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Andrew M. Herbert


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at BF591 .H66 2016


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