Kaoani is a Japanese smiley face, usually animated and bouncing up and down. They may be gif images or text art images. I think they began as text art, using Japanese fonts, and become graphic images using animation.
Screen capture from SmilChat.
Emoticons leading to a dedicated signature. Using emoticons (text smileys) to create a character, Sigmund Freud, in this case. A new way to use emoticons. This isn’t something they could do so well with emojis.
Using and combining typographic elements in a sketch evoking a famous portrait is a form of optical illusion, the one we called “smiley” born under the tight limits of the ASCII characters in the infancy years and games of personal computing, which lent to smile through the sense of misappropriation, often vertical to horizontal that it conveyed, (and characterized as an art form during a bygone era: the smiley today have become a very compact micro animated representation inserted throughout the text, with the development of computer science).
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?