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This is the first book to explain the genesisand cultural significance of emoji, the world'scutest and most popular form of shorthand. If you have a Twitter account or regularly send text messages,it's highly likely that you've used or received emoji. Thesecharacters include symbols and pictograms that representa host of everyday objects and activities plus, crucially, aselection of faces that denote a range of emotions fromhappy to sad, angry, confused, surprised, or tired. The word"emoji" literally translates from Japanese as "picture" (e) and"character" (moji). The Story of Emoji traces emoji from theirorigin as a symbol typeface created specifically for on-screenuse by a Japanese mobile phone provider in the late 1990s toan international communication phenomenon. As well as ahistory of emoji and an interview with their creator, ShigetakaKurita, the book includes an exploration of non-text typefaces,from the decorative fleurons of the early days of the printingpress to the innumerable digital typefaces available today,to the use of emoticons, ASCII art, and kaomoji in typedmessages. It also looks at an array of artworks, fashion lines,special character sets, advertisements, and projects thatconvey emoji's widespread impact on contemporary culture.Finally, the book concludes with a section for which a group ofillustrators, artists, and graphic designers have created originalemoji characters they wish existed, including bacon, a vinylrecord, and even a "stabbed-in-the-back" emoji.
Number of Pages: 192
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Author: Gavin Lucas
Street Date: April 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-2214
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