CBS News reports that the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) has included the first ever emoji set. It consists of 176 symbols depicting different weather phenomena, emotions, zodiac signs and other icons.
“These humble masterpieces of design were the first building blocks in building a new visual language,” said Paul Galloway, an architecture and design specialist, on the acquisition. The curator also noted that emojis are as unique and universal in modern culture as the @ sign, which is also part of the MoMA collection.
The collection of symbols was created by Japanese developer Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, inspired by street signs, manga and weather forecast elements. It was donated to the museum by the Japanese national carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.
The article notes that emoji gained worldwide fame thanks to Apple: in 2011, the keyboard was included in the standard settings of the iPhone, and since then they have been used not only in Japan, but all over the world. The collection of old-school emojis is planned to be shown on the screen at the entrance to the museum until the end of the year, in addition, they will be included in an animated film showing the evolution of emoji to the present day.