Shigetaka Kurita

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Shigetaka Kurita (栗田穣崇) (born May 9, 1972 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese interface designer and inventor of the Emoji.[1][2][3][4] Kurita now works for Dwango Co. Ltd., a Japanese games company owned by Kadokawa Dwango Corporation.

In 1999, while he was working as a designer for mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo and their upcoming mobile system i-mode, Kurita designed a set of 176 emojis using grid of 12x12 pixels that eventually started a global trend in the use of pictograms to communicate ideas through text messages.

To make the emojis, Kurita got inspiration from the manga and Chinese characters and street signs.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has added the original set of emoji to its collection.[5][6][7]


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