🧑📔of😀s – A history of emojis


Emojis have become a universal language. I’m sure everyone knows that emojis have become the language of the future🔮. Whether you’re sending a message to a friend🙋‍♀️ or emailing your colleague👨‍🎓, emojis are always useful in a message. They don’t have to just be for people who want to say ‘LOL’ in every message, they are for everyone. Emojis have a way of having everything we want to say in it.

Jason Boyd, an associate professor in the department of English at Ryerson University, in Toronto, said, “Because a great deal of casual or superficial communication is conducted on the go or in tandem with other activities, visual icons like emojis function as a convenient shorthand that minimizes the time and effort required to communicate”

A New Universal🌌 Language

Have you ever tried reading a set of emojis without words? More emojis being created is like more words added to the dictionary📘. Try it now! Try to guess the Disney movies with just a set of emojis

  1. 🐱‍👓👢👢
  2. 🔍🐟
  3. 🎈🏠👆

A  brief history of Emoticons (👍≖‿‿≖)👍 (≖‿‿≖👍)

At first, emojis were just things like :-), :-(, :-[]  or other things like that😭. The first emojis were made by a Japanese artist named Shigetaka Kurita. He started sketching 12 by 12-pixel drawings👾. In total, he made 176 images ranging from sad cats😿 to fluffy clouds☁ in 1999. By mid the 2000s, these emojis became very popular and Apple wanted to partake in the action.

Apple🍎 gets involved

Later on, Apple got the emoji to be recognized by the Unicode Consortium, a company that maintains text standards on computers💻. In 2009 they added 625 different emojis for the Unicode Standard. In 2011, Apple added an official Emoji keyboard⌨ to their iPhone keyboards that could be switched trough a button with the keyboard. Users around the world have many opportunities to contribute with their ideas that the Unicode approves every year.

There were many issues💔 to this though. The emojis weren’t specific enough! The job emojis were only males👨‍⚕️, they were only one color👨🏻, cultural food wasn’t represented🍱, and many flags weren’t there🏳. Emojis were becoming a language that didn’t speak for everyone. In 2015, the emojis had a “Diversity Update” that added a lot of these things that weren’t considered before, even mythical creatures. Recently, the Unicode has been making gender-neutral emojis, people with disabilities, and many more that can describe everyone on Earth and beyond.👽

What’s next?🤔

Recently, Apple🍎 has released Animoji which is an app that reads your facial responses and can be used as a 3d emoji. It also works for many emojis as well, but in the future, it could include each and every emoji in the official emoji keyboard. Emojis also has been redesigned, adding more color🌈 , more detail👹, and more accuracy🎯.

Emojis show a lot of sympathies too. Putting a heart at the end of a message that can be taken as rude, offensive, or sarcastic can be taken exactly how you want💖. Miscommunication is decreasing. An average of 92% of people online are using emojis right now, maybe more.