This is the first book to explain the genesis and cultural significance of emoji, the world's cutest and most popular form of shorthand. If you have a Twitter account or regularly send text messages, it's highly likely that you've used or received emoji. These characters include symbols and pictograms that represent a host of everyday objects and activities plus, crucially, a selection of faces that denote a range of emotions from happy to sad, angry, confused, surprised, or tired. The word "emoji" literally translates from Japanese as "picture" (e) and "character" (moji). The Story of Emoji traces emoji from their origin as a symbol typeface created specifically for on-screen use by a Japanese mobile phone provider in the late 1990s to an international communication phenomenon. As well as a history of emoji and an interview with their creator, Shigetaka Kurita, the book includes an exploration of non-text typefaces, from the decorative fleurons of the early days of the printing press to the innumerable digital typefaces available today, to the use of emoticons, ASCII art, and kaomoji in typed messages. It also looks at an array of artworks, fashion lines, special character sets, advertisements, and projects that convey emoji's widespread impact on contemporary culture. Finally, the book concludes with a section for which a group of illustrators, artists, and graphic designers have created original emoji characters they wish existed, including bacon, a vinyl record, and even a "stabbed-in-the-back" emoji.
The Rise of Visual Language in the Age of the Internet
Author: Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Shortlisted for the BAAL Book Prize 2017 Emoji have gone from being virtually unknown to being a central topic in internet communication. What is behind the rise and rise of these winky faces, clinking glasses and smiling poos? Given the sheer variety of verbal communication on the internet and English's still-controversial role as lingua mundi for the web, these icons have emerged as a compensatory universal language. The Semiotics of Emoji looks at what is officially the world's fastest-growing form of communication. Emoji, the colourful symbols and glyphs that represent everything from frowning disapproval to red-faced shame, are fast becoming embedded into digital communication. Controlled by a centralized body and regulated across the web, emoji seems to be a language: but is it? The rapid adoption of emoji in such a short span of time makes it a rich study in exploring the functions of language. Professor Marcel Danesi, an internationally-known expert in semiotics, branding and communication, answers the pertinent questions. Are emoji making us dumber? Can they ultimately replace language? Will people grow up emoji literate as well as digitally native? Can there be such a thing as a Universal Visual Language? Read this book for the answers.
Emoji Phantom of the Opera finally answers the age-old question, how would this story play out with emojis, shorthand, and texts? This incredibly original take on a classic story will have you LOLing. What would happen if the characters of Phantom of the Operacould text each other? How would the ghost of the Paris Opera House make itself known? Would Raoul be able to convince Christine to go away with him? Phantom of the Opera is a classic romance novel and now it's time to see what exactly the characters would be like in a modern setting, complete with smartphones. Don't miss this incredible rendition of classic literature! In this LOL retelling of Gaston Leroux's work, you'll get a condensed, modern, interpretation of this famous love story, and it's all told through texts and emojis. Featuring hundreds of classic and new emojis along with a removable poster (featuring the story in just emojis), this is the perfect gift for any Phantom lover, or over-texter.
'Outrageously addictive' -- Stephen Fry Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner revives the curiosities of old, mixing it with the delights and complexities of the 21st Century. A nostalgic gift book for the modern trivia-loving brainiac in your life, Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner contains information on everything and anything, from digital algorithms, to weights and measures; SpaceX to interest rates; monarchs, presidents and rap stars. But not only that, it includes out-of-this world trivia as we head into the age of the Large Hadron Collider, of stem cell therapy, Bitcoin, and Netflix; of vaping, emojis and the hashtag; as well as updates on Reckoner classics from days of yore - including metric and imperial conversions; sunrise and sunset times across the world; and, perhaps more usefully, how to tell the height of a tree. Compiled by quiz-buff and self-confessed 'collector of curiosities' Thomas Eaton, Eaton's Modern Ready Reckoner is a wonderful revival of a forgotten treasure trove of facts, figures and trivial delights!
The little emoji is different and the other emoji won't let him play, this makes him feel unhappy and sad. "The other emoji would whisper and laugh when picking the team he was always picked last." But he is determined to be himself and use his unique talents to prove his worth and maybe even one day become the most famous emoji of all.This story teaches children the value of self-belief and resilience, that it's ok to ask for help and that everyone has their own unique talents.
Ever wondered what emojis get up to when they're left to their own devices, instead of appearing on ours? Of course you have! *thumbs up emoji* Read all about their emoj-tional escapades inside these tales of love, loss, sass and selfies . . . Information Kiosk Girl is excited about her new job - she can't wait to dispense information to all the emojis of Emojiville! But when certain emoji start to ask the all wrong questions, she's forced to transform into a sass-tastic queen . . . What's about to go down now that she's got a super sassy response for everyone?
Blank is an emoji that is struggling to find his expression and he just cannot find a way to fit into the emoji world. He already failed to get uploaded in his first year of Emoji Academy. He has one more try to make it work. Will he succeed? Or is he doomed to be a failure for ever? Follow along the exciting journey of self-discovery through the entries in his diary app and find outt!A fun diary-form story for kids and teens (even adults) with fun sketches throughout! :)
Emojis--we've all seen then and we've all most likely used them at one time or another, but in reality we know very little about them... until now! Emojis are everywhere, from Facebook and Twitter to the desperate texts from your mom asking again how to log into the Netflix account you set up for her. We're all familiar with the smiley face laughing hysterically, the grinning cat, and the guy with the dodgy 'stache, but what's the story behind these ubiquitous pictograms? Over the following pages, EMOJIS reveals all with a series of hilarious interviews and exposs with some of the most popular icons from the social media scene. Did you know, for example, that the couple in love emoji is now actually embroiled in a bitter divorce after he cheated on her with the princess icon? Or that in a past life the smiley with the crosses for eyes was the model for the famous Nirvana smiley face logo of the early 90s? You do now! Along with these eye-opening tales, you will also meet the pictograms that the developers never wanted you to see, like the emoji who's drunk too much and is now throwing up, the punk cat with the Mohican, or the bearded hipster smiley with thick-rimmed glasses. And if that's not enough, there's a hilarious section on misunderstanding emojis plus a guide to the best films, books, albums, and more described for you only in the language of the emoticon.
Ever wondered what emojis get up to when they're left to their own devices, instead of appearing on ours? Of course you have! *thumbs up emoji* Read all about their emoj-tional escapades inside these tales of love, loss, sass and selfies . . . Heart Eyes is the ultimate fan of 2Boyz, Emojiville's hottest boy band. She knows everything about her faves and loves nothing more than to daily vlog about them on EmojiTube. But one day, she uncovers a conspiracy theory about her 2Boyz baes that shakes her to her very heart-shaped core . . . Can the boyz be trusted, or will Heart Eyes be forced to find a new OTP?