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Emily McDowell’s Honest Design for Serious Illness

Designer Emily McDowell turned personal illness into beautifully empathetic design

“My work reflects our shared human experience, in all its different, messy forms, and I feel most satisfied when something I made helps somebody feel like someone else out there gets them.” —Emily Mc Dowell

Designer and Illustrator Emily McDowell has transformed personal illness into beautifully empathetic design by creating a line of cards for people with serious illnesses.

They are funny, quirky, touching, and above all refreshingly honest—eschewing the usual tropes and clichéd language found in other sympathy cards.

Serious cards for serious illnesses

Ms. McDowell has created a line of cards that she would’ve liked to receive during her battle with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24.