For this project, I was inspired by the Empathy Amulet and Empathy Box by Sophia Brueckner. I found these projects inspirational because they made me think about the use of sensory elements as a method of connection and communicating the concept and feeling of empathy between two people. The deliberate action that is part of these projects was interesting to me and I thought successfully in making people think about engagement and the purpose of the designed engagement. When I was designing the Pain Garden, I looked at how I could incorporate the concept of deliberate interaction to direct the user and emphasize the larger question I was exploring.
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