Emoji's in MoMA for Life
Today I learned that some of the original emoji designs are now being permanently displayed in MoMA.
The first emoji were designed by Shigetaka Kurita for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo. Kurita created the glyphs on tiny grids measuring 12 pixels by 12 pixels after studying manga, street signs, and Chinese characters. Emoji didn’t gain worldwide acclaim when they launched in 1999, but they are now considered the fastest growing language in mankind.
MoMA will feature the 176 original emoji in the museum’s lobby starting in December, as part of an exhibit that includes other graphics and animations.