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

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

Standards Manual have previously published graphic manuals for Nasa and the New York City Transit Authority.

Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s publishing imprint Standards Manual have released 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.

One of the things that spurred emoji was that the programme Docomo was using couldn’t carry that much digital information, but the company wanted to experiment with how to add emotion to communication over email and things like that.

Jesse Reed

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