For as long as I can remember, I’ve seen letters and numbers as colors. It’s a form of synesthesia called grapheme-color synesthesia, and for me, this translating from symbols to colors happens most often with names.
When I meet new people, I forget their name immediately. Don’t get me wrong, I hear the name, but my mind is distracted. In my head, I am counting the number of letters in the name, and visualizing the colors of each letter.
Your name may be Emily, but to me, you’re a bright, sunny swath of five letters with an “E” and an…
Early last year, I launched the Synesthesia.Me site and wrote about it in my first Medium post, “What Color is Your Name? A New Synesthesia Tool Will Show You.” I had no idea it would ignite such an interest in Synesthesia and drive so much traffic to the tool that lets you see how your name looks to someone with synesthesia.
I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which means my brain associates letters and numbers with very specific colors. In my case, it manifests most with names. For example, when I meet someone, I focus on their name differently.
In my mind…
The first time my dad said this to me, it was at the dining room table in my parent’s home more than 15 years ago.
My first husband and I had decided it was over, for good. There would be no children, there would be no reconciliation, there would be no more.
And my dad looked at me, leaned forward and said it.
“Aren’t you relieved?”
I hadn’t allowed myself to think of it that way. They were the words that told me it was okay. It was okay that the marriage didn’t work out. They were the words that…
Myrtle, my nana, raised seven daughters on Cape Cod in the 1940s. With my grandfather she ran the Hotel Englewood, a fixture on the south Cape through the 1960s. She loved books and recorded stories on cassette recorders from her “command station” overlooking Lewis Bay. At some point, she wrote this poem. It has been passed down to daughters and grandkids for more than 60 years.
Earlier this year, Ryan Langdon published this article about discovering that not everyone has an internal monologue. It’s a great read with quotes from people who were just as shocked as I was to find out that there is such a thing as an internal monologue.
My sister had seen the article and brought it up. She kept giggling at my questions.
Me: “You mean you hear your own voice in your head? Like, talking to you? All the time?”
“Yes,” she said. “Why, what do you do? How do you tell yourself what you’re going to do that day…
If you also “see” letters or numbers as colors, then you have what’s called grapheme-color synesthesia.
I recently launched a project called “What Color is Your Name?” at Synesthesia.me. It features an interactive tool that shows how your name looks to me, someone with a particular kind of Synesthesia, and I wrote about it in this Medium post.
One of the most common questions I get as someone with Grapheme-color Synesthesia is “What color is my name?” Now that I have a way of showing people what their name looks like, the very next question is often “Does my name match my personality?”
Up until very recently, I would have immediately said no. I’m certain nobody wants to be judged by their name, but when I started really looking, I realized I’ve been making assumptions about you based on your name for a very long time.
I’ve noticed definite patterns since starting this Synesthesia project. The color of…
Good Housekeeping recently released the top 100 baby girl names and trends to watch for in 2020. Coincidentally, I just released a Synesthesia project that answers the question, “What color is your name?”
Here is the simplest way i know to describe synesthesia: People with synesthesia have two senses happening at the same time. People with grapheme-color synesthesia see letters and also “see” colors associated with those…
Good Housekeeping recently released the most popular 100 baby boy names and trends to watch for in 2020. Coincidentally, I just released a Synesthesia project that answers the question, “What color is your name?”
Here is the simplest way i know to describe synesthesia: People with synesthesia have two senses happening at the same time. People with grapheme-color synesthesia associate (or “see”) letters and numbers with specific…
When I started my career back in the ’90s, my job — designing pages for newspapers — involved creating interesting arrangements of pictures and words that would hook readers.
At the New York Daily News, I worked on the News desk with a team of 12 men responsible for designing the pages in the front of the paper, including page one. We produced hard news, and it was a genuinely exciting time to be working at a New York City tabloid.
My job was to get more people to read news stories. That meant making things look better, more digestible…