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#MSvisable: A Visual Language for the Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

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#MSvisable: A Visual Language for the Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Eva Cohen
There are currently 400,000 people in the United States living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and my mom is one of them. Throughout my childhood I saw firsthand the tremendous impact this disease had on my mom’s health. Many of my peers who were not personally touched by the disease fail to fully understand what it means to have MS.

MS is a disease that has been portrayed like living inside of a horror movie. With that in mind, I wanted to make MS an approachable topic while shedding light on the invisible symptoms. The #MSvisible campaign was designed to spread awareness and spark conversation about MS with a broad audience, using simple and friendly icons.

Through research and conversations with people living with MS, I discovered how best to capture symptoms of the disease with icons. Using this design language, I remove the veil of mystery surrounding MS, engaging users to begin talking about it.

As MS remains unseen and inexperienced to most of society, I invite you to use #MSvisible to spread awareness of the disease.

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The Johns Hopkins Project RESTORE was established over 10 years ago as a collaborative multidisciplinary effort to advance our understanding of and develop new therapies for neuroimmunologic disorders (multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis and neuromyelitis optica). In practice this has meant forging collaborations and carrying out innovative research designed to profoundly enhance our understanding of these disorders and to translate basic science findings into clinical therapies. By developing new treatments, we seek to restore hope, restore function and restore lives to patients with these disorders and their families.

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