The Story of Emoji

Gavin Lucas explores the history of the tiny picture phenomenon

As a former senior writer at Creative Review and the co-founder of London-based illustration agency Outline Artists (and CH contributor), Gavin Lucas’ professional career bridges communication and illustration. That combination makes him well-suited for his latest project: the new book “The Story of Emoji.” The thoroughly-researched, entertaining tome traces the history of everyone’s favorite communication enhancer, looking at early predecessors, like typeset ornaments, through to …

The Evolution of Smartphone Etiquette

Since their introduction, telephones have evolved drastically. Phones now blur the lines between telephone and computer, and the social norms regarding usage in public have morphed along with them. So what exactly is “correct” when it comes to modern-day smartphone etiquette? In a new study by Pew Research Center, 77% of adults felt it was OK for people to use their phones while walking down …

Humans are Evolving to Walk and Text

While technological advancements are meant accommodate the way people live, sometimes humans are the ones that must adapt to technology. This is especially noticeable when walking with a friend who’s texting. As new research suggests, they subconsciously “shorten their step length, reduce step frequency, lengthen the time during which both feet are in contact with the ground and increase obstacle clearance height,” effectively modifying their …

You’re Using Emoji Wrong

According to Unicode—the people that set the standards for emoticons around the world—we’ve been using many of our favorite Emoji all wrong. In a new proposal, Unicode suggests a few changes that may help people better understand what exactly each Emoji is trying to represent. For example, if you’re an avid user of the face blowing steam from its nostrils to illustrate your anger, you’re …

Earthmate PN-60w

A breakthrough GPS device for extreme mapping and remote messaging

Projected to hit stores this summer, the DeLorme‘s Earthmate PN-60w combines GPS mapping technology with satellite messaging for the utmost in convenience and reliability. Using DeLorme’s Spot technology, the Earthmate delivers messages via email, social networking sites or SMS texts, while the GPS displays high-resolution aerial images, North American topography maps, and the ever-reliable NOAA nautical charts. The world’s first example of such dual functionality, …