John Koenig, is a freelance graphic designer and filmmaker based in St. Paul, MN where he attended Macalester College in the early part of the century. With his project From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig, Koenig aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to an emotion we all feel but don’t have a word for. In his short film Sonder, he illustrates in black and white tones one of these made-up words, the one that express somehow the sudden empathy.

sonder /SAHN-der/
n. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrow. The Upper Midwest’s third-largest compendium of the outer spatters of the emotional palette. Their mission is to harpoon, bag and tag wild sorrows then release them back into the subconscious. And each definition is original and handcrafted by John Koenig.
If we do not develop adequate images we will die out like the dinosaurs.” —Werner Herzog

You may find more words at the official website.

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