The word emoji comes from the Japanese ‘e’ which means ‘image’; and ‘moji’, which means ‘letter’ or ‘character’. That was the name given to these pictograms that we currently use through digital communication to complement our messages and express our emotions and ideas.
Shigetaka Kurita was commissioned to create the first 176 emojis in 1999 for the Japanese communications agency ntt Docomo which would become a worldwide trend. Kurita inspired the design of her emojis in manga animation and in the shapes and colors of Chinese traffic signs.
These symbols were used for the first time in Japan among many other things, to solve the communication due to the complexity of their written language and how difficult it was to use it on a keyboard.
Quickly companies like Apple began to integrate these pictograms to their devices causing a sensation and generating a great popularity which produced that in a very short time they will be part of all the devices and services that this huge company currently has. Since 2007, when the first iPhone was launched, these pictograms achieved a high popularity that to date there are already more than 700 emojis. This week Apple announced that it will add 70 new images to customize on their devices.
Why is World Emoji Day celebrated today?
Although it is an answer that may seem very simple, World Emoji Day, is commemorated since 2004 when Jeremy Burge, creator of Emojipedia, a website that is responsible for recording and explaining each of the emoji, decided to choose this date because in the emoji of the calendars of most systems, such as Apple, Google and Microsoft, appears on July 17.
Happy Emoji World Day !!!