Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The 'Emoji': History and Inspiration

'Stay hungry. Stay foolish.'- Steve Jobs 
Emojis History
It's interesting to see the categorical rise of the 'emoji' and the way in which we use them to communicate with each other. Needless to say, such endearing forms of expression has been traced back to nineties Japan, where the emoji was initially given birth at a Japanese research facility. This was after mobile phone companies noticed people were using pictures as a way to communicate more often and needed to support the needs of 80million technology users. The solution? Emojis! Users were quick to embrace the 'emoji' as regular word text messages took up way more characters than an emoji which took up a single one. It was then when Steve Jobs visited Japan to promote the iPhone and check out the Japanese cellphone market that he realized the iPhone was missing a crucial photo element feature. He made a deal with a company called Softbank to get a piece of their financially successful 'emoji' market. And boy did it pay off!

Nowadays we can't engage in digital media, without the sensationalism of the emoji. The beauty of it is that there's a visual display for everyone, every mood, every occasion- with a growing number of new emojis brought in via the user feedback. Using emojis becomes addictive, fulfilling and even therapeutic. With a single emoji you can convey what you need to. It quick, easy and hassle free. I use SO many to convey what I'm thinking and feeling but the ones below are some of my favorites. For me, each one takes inspiration from certain things which I have depicted below. I hope you enjoy this deep ponder into the underground world of the 'emoji'.

ALIEN
Alien Emoji

BLUE HEART
Blue Heart Emoji

HEART EYED CAT

Cat Heart Eye Emoji

CRYSTAL BALL
Crystal Ball Emoji

FIRE

Fire Emoji

GUN
Gun Emoji

LIPS
Lips Emoji


NEUTRAL FACE
Neutral Face Emoji

PEACE SIGN 

Peace sign emoji

PURPLE DEVIL
Pruple devil emoji

SKULL
skull emoji

STAR

star emoji





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