Oxford Add’s Emoji?
Thats right… Oxford Dictionary has begun adding Emoji’s to their word of the year roster.
I don’t think its a bad thing since it has been a trending way for people to communicate for the last 10 years. With the evolution of the internet and the increasing (albeit mandatory) smartphone use, people from all over have been using the Universal symbol of emoticons to connect with people all over the world.
What does it all mean?
Well I think this shows just how visual we humans are. Although the written word is ubiquitous in the modern world,
history has shown us that we have been drawing pictures and icons way before written language. Being in the graphic professional where of pictorial visuals and written language as a graphic designer, I am not surprised. Just look at the Noun Project, a repository who’s initiative is to collect and gather icons for everything.
Oxford is doing a great thing by giving emoji’s a chance to shine and have us converse about them. (Ironically with our emojis.)