Lucas provides a brief history of emoji’s predecessors, all the way from ornamental characters in the hand-executed typesetting of early-16th-century printed books to the many symbols of digital type. His journey touches upon the evolution of the dingbat and the emergence of emoticons, the punctuation-based kaomoji, ASCII art, and even expressive punctuation such as the ironieteken — conceived to denote ironic statements — and late 16th-century English printer Henry Denham’s proposed percontation point — to mark rhetorical questions.
Source: On the Origin of Emoji
I’ve begun to see collections of emoji art on Twitter. All in the theme of tiny something. So far, my favourite are the tiny cityscapes.
I think it began with tiny star fields. Others have given tiny star fields credit for their own inspiration.
Source: ⋆✵tiny star fields✵⋆ (@tiny_star_field) | Twitter
I’ve assumed emojis came from emoticons, the ASCII text smileys. But, I’ve got a new theory now.
Did emojis really start as wingding/ webding fonts and evolve into their current versions, dragging along the yellow smiley along the way?
I don’t see how emojis have much in common with the emoticons. An emoji is far more an image than a smiley.
What do you think?
July 17 is 🌎 World Emoji Day. Celebrate in style and give emoji the appreciation it deserves!
Source: 🌎 World Emoji Day 📅 July 17, 2015