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The Evolution of Emoji: Dumojis

by Rashawn dumojis on January 06, 2023

Origin Story of Emojis 

The first emoji was created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999 as part of DOCOMO’s project to create a universal language for mobile users. DOCOMO was the largest mobile carrier in Japan at that time, and they wanted their customers to be able to communicate without having to use words. Kurita designed 176 simple pixelated images that represented different emotions and ideas, such as “happy” or “celebration”. 

In 2007, Google joined forces with other mobile carriers around the world to create a standardized set of emojis that could be used across multiple platforms. Apple followed suit two years later with their own version of standardized emojis. In 2016, Shigetaka Kurita’s work was even featured in an art exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City!  

One limitation of traditional emojis is that they can only express one emotion at a time; however, this limitation has been addressed with the development of Dumojis—dual-faced emoticons with two different facial expressions. 

The Development Of Dumojis 

Dumojis are dual-faced emoticons developed by Rashawn Vaughn for his son Revere Vaughn as a way to communicate multiple emotions simultaneously with special-needs kids who may have difficulty expressing themselves. The idea is that each face can express a different emotion so that users can more accurately convey complex feelings and ideas without having to type out long messages or descriptions. For example, one face might show happiness while the other expresses sadness or confusion—allowing people to communicate nuanced information quickly and easily.  

Dumojis are also useful for those with special needs who may not be able to effectively communicate through traditional methods such as speech or writing. By using Dumojis instead, these individuals can engage more easily in conversations with others and better express their thoughts and feelings without relying on verbal communication skills alone.  

In conclusion, it's clear that emojis have come a long way since their inception two decades ago! From Shigetaka Kurita's original 176 symbols all the way to Google's standardization efforts and Apple's adoption several years later—not forgetting Shigetaka Kurita's exhibition at MoMA —it's amazing how far we've come in terms of bridging communication barriers between digital devices around the world using these tiny symbols! Additionally, Dumojis evolution has allowed us all to communicate complex emotions more easily than ever before while providing access for those with special needs who may not have had access previously due to challenges associated with verbal communication skills alone. It will be exciting to see where else this evolution leads us!

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