Emoji origin story: Publisher Standards Manual has released an intriguing history of emojis that explains the graphic art’s strange confluence of time, technology, emotion, and literacy. Each spread in the book examines the minute details of a particular design.
From a Core 77 interview with the book’s creators/designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth: “Most of the book is one spread per emoji. Every spread has an enlarged emoji with the grid kind of overlapping it and then a one-to-one scale in the very top on the left-hand page. Then on the top of the right-hand page is all of the technical data like the unit code, the hex color, the number it was assigned and everything like that. It’s interesting seeing them so blown up because they become abstract when they’re small, so when you see them at full size they become more clear.”