the compliment project

The week after the 2016 Presidential Election, I designed five compliment posters and choreographed a performance where several dozen participants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City taped the posters on street poles across their respective cities. I also created a website – – where anyone could participate by downloading the posters for free.

This intervention grew into an international collaborative performance which has spread over two million compliments in eight languages worldwide and The New York Times referred to it as a “marketing campaign for kindness.”

I partnered with Chronicle Books to expand the compliment project and the resulting interactive book – Take A Compliment: 50 Posters to Pin, Share, and Treasure – was published in 2018.