My book will, in hope, communicate the sensation of positive and negative touch through visual color references.
By interviewing numerous individuals about the emotions felt when one is touched vs. not touched, I have come up with a list of 19 "high-touch" emotions and 19 "low-touch" emotions that correlate with this sensation.
Next, I assigned specific "colors" that best communicate the emotion perceived. For instance, warm
is assigned a warm orange-brown to communicate the sense of warmth etc. To somehow connect the emotions via the limitations of a book, I've decided to blend the colors/emotions in 19 equal steps. Each color then becomes a combination of emotions, much like the combination of emotions an individual experiences when touched.
My chart (1-1, 1-2, 1-3 etc.) is basically saying (I feel intensely warm, I feel very warm and minutely comforted, I feel very warm and a little comforted etc.) My spectrum is categorical and ordinal.
The High Touch Spectrum is below:
Low Touch Spectrum coming soon.
Hopefully this will bring some clarity to my project. I'd appreciate some comments.