When Ivor Williams and Alex Rothera were teenagers, they both suffered the loss of friends, through suicide and a car accident. Through their experiences, they understood the need for young people to express themselves in a meaningful way. And they also understood that sometimes words just aren’t enough.
Using their background as designers and technologists, Williams and Rothera founded Humane Engineering, a tech company that makes products to improve people’s everyday lives. Their first creation is an app that solves that problem of not having the words to articulate different emotions. Cove is a “musical journal” that lets adolescents create musical loops based on different moods that they can save to a journal or share with others.
“Cove is purposefully designed to de-stigmatise emotional health problems, and is unlike a traditional music-maker,” the company said in a statement. “A water and stone visual language is used instead of instrumental keys or musical notations. Relating feelings and mood to music is less imposing than writing notes or talking.”