NTT DoCoMo, a telecommunication company headquartered in Japan released the first set of Emoji in 1999, which became very widely used after the boom of the smartphones. The Emoji keyboard has been updated and changed many times since then. Now the first set of 'vintage' Emojis are taking its place in the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMa).
176 Emoji made in 1999 are known as the first pictograph samples used in mobile communication.These Emojis will take their place in MoMa collection in various formats and sizes, after December.
The set of 176 Emojis was a turning point in the communication world.
Considering there are more than 2000 placed Emojis in smartphones today, NTT DoCoMo's first set of 176 Emojis can be seen as a milestone for the mobile communication.
Emojis also represent the era's technology and culture trends.
Emojis give away hints of the 90s period's trends, for example on some characters you can see the effect of manga culture…