We are living in interesting times socially and politically. We are constantly immersed in data, information, news, and opinions at such a high rate every single day. Everyone has the ability to make their voice heard and their opinion known on social media, whether it is for better or for worse. Recently, with the intensity of the presidential election and the shocking results, people have used social media to express their, most oftentimes, heated opinions about our political climate. The social media feed has been a place of controversy and destructive conversation for quite some time. The fact that we have the ability to converse with someone digitally means that we lose the humanity of our conversation. Face to face conversations don't exist in the digital realm. As a result, it's easier for us to respond in ways that are not kind or understanding. If we had to face the person we were in a heated argument on Facebook with, I bet that half the things that are submitted digitally would not be said in person. We tend to lose our filters on social media, and this only leads to us dehumanizing and devaluing each other.
In response to the negative and destructive political and social climate, a group of us designers decided to intersect the hatred with love. It is a basic premise of responding to hate with the unexpected posture of kindness. It really points to the fact that our problems as a human race are not as complex as we make them out to be. If everyone chose to respond in love and to pause to understand those who are different from themselves, this world would be quite a different place.
This small campaign is called "Take Heart Together," and it was originally inspired by my talented friend Ridan Arellano. We decided to create a series of heart images and encouraged everyone to make their own version of a heart. It is only when we decide to come together and fight hatred with love will we start to see a change of heart in those around us.