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Synesthesia is the phenomenon of experiencing stimuli across more than one sense. While this phenomenon has been observed for centuries, the scientific basis for it is only now being understood. Making synesthesia even more interesting are arguments as to whether it is a psychological or physiological condition. The prevalence of synesthesia among many well-known artists serves as the foundation for this project. People experience the world in different ways, and nothing illustrates differences in human perception quite as dramatically as synesthesia.

Using This site

This site is broken into three collections: Synesthesia Types, which includes the more common forms of synesthesia as well as fascinating rare ones; Famous Synesthetes, which includes a portrait of the synesthete as well as biographical information pertaining to their type of synesthesia; and Additional Resources, which provides additional resources for people who have synesthesia or are simply curious to learn more about it. All items in all collections can be searched using the search bar, or browsed using the tabs along the top.

The Librarians

Grant Hazard Outerbridge is a librarian, writer, and musician. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is passionate about digitizing and preserving audio materials, reading, writing, and composing and listening to music. His mantra for writing, music, and life comes from Thelonius Monk: "Simple ain't easy."

Lindsay Roberts is a librarian and graduate of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Denver. She also holds a BA in French and Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lindsay is incredibly jealous of synesthetes' rich sensory experience and enjoys reimagining the world through their art and music.

Katie Yashiro is a graduate of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Denver. Currently, she works as a contractor for the National Park Service - Denver Service Center located in Lakewood, CO. She is enjoying her first post-graduate job, and is always learning new things.

The Illustrator

Jon Stich is a 2004 graduate of the California College of Arts & Crafts and illustrates books, magazines, newspapers and websites from his home in Oakland, CA. Some of his clients include: Adult Swim, Chronicle Books, Bloomberg Business Week, Vibe, Nike, Esquire Russia, and the National Labor Federation. He has grapheme-color synesthesia.

Creation of the SDL

Click here or use the links on the right to learn about the creation of the Synesthesia Digital Library.