Party like it's 1999
Enter Shigetaka Kurita a Japanese artist that wanted a simple way to convey information on the
mobile platform he worked on and ended up creating the first set of 176 emojis (as seen on the
top of the page).
Even though there was a lack of happy poops, eggplants and bumping fists a closer look at the
first emojis allows one to overlook the rudimentary first impression of the emojis and appreciate
the complexity and remarkable efficiency of the smileys created in a time with limited technology.
The popularity in Japan grew widely, but the emoji didn't conquer the world until 2010, when they
first appeared in Unicode.
Other honourable contributors that deserve to be mentioned in our (very) short history of the emoji
are MSN messenger, the smartphone or maybe more specifically the iPhone and Google (Gmail)
that all helped to spread the emojis popularity on a global scale.