Synesthetic Crayons by Grant Snider

Synesthetic Crayons by Grant Snider

Grant Snider is a Denver-based illustrator and orthodontic student. His Synesthetic Crayons drawing caught my attention, in particular, because I’ve always felt that Thursday is brown. Backing up a moment, here’s synesthesia explained in an article from Neuroscience for Kids:

Imagine that when you see a city’s skyline, you taste blackberries. Or maybe when you hear a violin, you feel a tickle on your left knee. Perhaps you are completely convinced that Wednesdays are light red. [Ed note: NO! They are light BLUE!] If you have experiences like these, you might have synesthesia.

Snider speculates that most people have some form of mild synesthesia. He writes: “As a kid, I remember associating the days of the week with certain colors, and I pictured months, years, and decades in a sort of mental map.” Me too, dude!

In synesthesia, one sense is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses. Objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people’s names are joined with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor. It’s fascinating stuff. If you agree that the word “lukewarm” is pea green, you can hit up Snider for a poster here.


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