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Nine rows of sixteen emojis depicting different images and with different monochromatic colours. Each emoji fits into just twelve by twelve pixels.

Which Old-School Emoji Are You?

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Did you know that emojis are twenty years old? And that the original design sketches of the first ever emojis are in the M+ Collections? Fitting within a tiny 12x12 pixel frame, they were developed in 1999 by Japanese telecommunication company NTT DOCOMO INC alongside its launch of i-mode, the world’s first mobile telephone internet service.

The graphic designs of the first 176 emojis were created by Kurita Shigetaka and architect Aoki Jun, with a second batch of seventy-six released in 2002. Kurita came up with the visual system of emojis to help convey information on the small phone screens.

So, this leads to one important question: which of these original emojis best fits your personality? Take the quiz below to find out.

All emoji images ©NTT DOCOMO, INC.


Image at top of post: A sample of some of the first 176 emojis. All emoji images ©NTT DOCOMO, INC.

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