Ivory Coast Artist O’Plérou Grebet’s Africa-Centric Emojis

21-year-old Ivory Coast-based O’Plérou Grebet noticed a lack of applicable emojis for many Africans to use in everyday instant messaging and did something about it. Grebet’s emoji library Zouzoukwa (meaning “picture” in his first language Bété) includes 200+ images from food to furniture, facial reactions, tools, and more. “I love it because it’s exactly why my project is useful to an African, it fills a …

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 …