Standards Manual’s new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s publishing imprint’s release a new book celebrating the emojis designed by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese telecoms company Docomo. 176 symbols were originally created and according to their research, Docomo came up with the idea during a time when small amounts of data could be transferred between devices. The emojis are pretty archaic in comparison to the ones we use now but they’re wondrous to look at.

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