Typographical Art

In 1998, Shigetaka Kurita, a 25-year-old Japanese engineer, wanted to develop a way to communicate, while taking up less digital space. Kurita named these 12×12 pixel images, emoji. Contrary to what you might think, emoji does not come from the word “emotion,’ but rather from the “Japanese 絵 (‘e,’ picture), 文 (‘mo,’ write) and 字 (‘ji,’ character).”  Emoji stayed mainly in Japan

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