The flat-land of the device screen needs to be broken through these small pills of humanity.
Have you heard about these objects called Greebles? (Within psychology).
These funny objects trigger the face recognition unit of the Brain and I like to believe that if this can happen then some UX objects can, even modestly, achieve a similar goal, delivering a tiny bit of Expression.
Anyhow, I hope you find this and the principles of Digital Empathy interesting. Quick and light summary here.
How can eCommerce tools connect with the Human Being behind the Data?medium.com