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Standards Manual Is Launching the Very First Book of Original Emojis

Taking it back to the beginning.

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Standards Manual Is Launching the Very First Book of Original Emojis

Taking it back to the beginning.

Publishing pioneer Standards Manual has created a hardcopy book showcasing the very first original emojis, simply titled Emoji. The initial 176 characters were first designed by 25-year-old Shigetaka Kurita and featured the iconic black and white 12 pixel by 12 pixel images in grid form. At a later stage, these simple images included a variety of bright hues including orange, red, blue and green, and today these emojis have turned into popular digital icons with distinct facial expressions.

The book is created as a response to the Museum of Modern Art‘s purchase of the emojis for its exhibition back in 2016. It also pays homage to Mr. Kurita and Japanese telecommunications giant, NTT DoCoMo’s, unique creations as well as their undeniable explosion across the globe. The book will also include a smartphone keyboard to accommodate phone users, making the item easily accessible.

The emoji scene has grown rapidly with over 1,000 diverse characters for every provider. Today, most people text by using emoji characters, proving that these timeless images are a fun and easy way to connect with friends and family.

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