The Atlas project was inspired by a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Drs. Ekman about the science of emotions. With the help of Stamen Design, this tool was created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions. It is based on a survey of 248 leading emotion researchers and their consensus about five universal emotions: enjoyment, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear. The collection of maps is an opportunity to explore the landscape of emotions, where they come from, and the effects they can have. You can read more about this project in this New York Times article.