Vivid Text
interactive application

„Vivid Text“ is an online communication tool that incorporates non-verbal aspects of person-to-person exchanges. It constitutes a step forward in text-based communication by incorporating the essence of a real conversation. „Vivid Text“ conveys emotions in the appearance of the letters and emulates the ephemeral qualities of a conversation by letting, for example, typed text disappear.


In this age of rapid technological and cultural change, people feel pushed to be their best self and be efficient in everything they do. Communicating via text is on the rise as a fast, computer-mediated modus of interaction. However, our desire to bond with others is just as strong. We love spending time together and interacting with every fibre of our bodies; using the full expressive capacity of our physique to make us feel whole.


„Vivid Text“ recognises users‘ facial expressions and emotional responses, like laughter, and sensitively renders these in the typed message. The text disappears while reading, which prompts a commitment to the present, like in physical encounters. As messages are transferred letter-by-letter, „Vivid Text“ is truly instantaneous and allows for real-time interruptions. Breaking with the dictates of efficiency, „Vivid Text“ empowers text-based communication to facilitate more complete ways of understanding each other.




master thesis 

Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven



Jan Boelen, Geoffrey Brusatto, Dick van Hoff, Michael Kaethler, Eric Klarenbeek, Rianne Makkink, Tamar Shafrir, Fabrizia Vecchione


thanks to 

Michael Lux



2017 – Nominated for Social Design Talent Award Eindhoven



2017 – Dutch Design Week 


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