The emoji fever exploded all around the world, and now it feels like not adding an emoji to your text messages it’s actually weird. We have seen some pillows and items with the form being used around nowadays, but what we never saw coming was to see them in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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It was announced that the museum added the original set of 176 emojis to its permanent collection. As told by as told by Los Angeles Times.
Originally released in 1999, the small icons were the first of their type and were created to be compatible with color pagers and cell phones from Japanese mobile company NTT DoCoMo.
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Shigetaka Kurita developed each design using a 12 by 12 pixel grid — and while at first glance, they might seem old in compared to the emojis of today, you can see some clues of what was to come.
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We’re thrilled to announce the addition of NTT DOCOMO’s original set of 176 emoji to our collection! ???? ???? ???? MoMA Architecture & Design Collection Specialist Paul Galloway writes about the creation of these 12 x 12 pixel “humble masterpieces”: http://mo.ma/2evro85 [Shigetaka Kurita, NTT DOCOMO. Emoji (original set of 176). 1998–99. Software and digital image files. Gift of NTT DOCOMO Inc., Japan]
Even thought the emojis were really popular in Japan, they wouldn’t touch the United States until 2011, when Apple decided to add them to the keyboard on the iPhone. The MoMA really wants to experiment with this idea.
“We wanted to begin with these, but we’re not intending to stop,” MoMA senior curator Paola Antonelli told Wired. “This is not one moment in MoMA’s history, it’s a period. And with this digital design collection we’re moving very close to people’s skin. When I talk about emojis you viscerally know what it represents in your life. We could not do without them.”
The installation at the MoMA will open in early December, and assures to “further elaborate on the evolution of emoji and give visitors an opportunity to see them in a new light (and no doubt inspire a few selfies).”
Which one it’s your favorite emoji?
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