Museum of Modern Art Adds the Original Emoji Set to its Collection
New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has recognised that emoji language was born with Kurita. On 26 October, MoMA added the original set of emojis to its collection. To mark the occasion, the museum will be opening an installation in December to fully delve into emoji beginnings and offer a new look at classic favourites.
MoMA's Paul Galloway wrote a piece explaining the history and significance of emoji. In it, he says, "Filling in for body language, emoticons, kaomoji, and emoji reassert the human in the deeply impersonal, abstract space of electronic communication." As a society, we learn to exist within preexisting parameters, "The design of a chair dictates our posture; so, too, does the format of electronic communication shape our voice."
NTT Docomo marked their place at the forefront of innovation by bringing imagery to early mobile technology, sourcing manga, symbol languages, and basic emoticons to create a popular set of images. By tailoring images to 12 x 12 pixels, the telecommunications company pushed the era of a global, visual language into existence.
|Paul Galloway's Piece|
From EmojiCon to the Unicode Emoji Subcommitte to lengthy-but-accurate emoji stories, this new form of communication has been embraced with open arms and willing souls. If you are attending EmojiCon in San Francisco, MoMA's Paul Galloway will be a guest speaker! Don't miss him.
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Museum of Modern Art Adds the Original Emoji Set to its Collection Reviewed by Jacqueline Litvan on Monday, October 31, 2016 Rating: