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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Emoji: The First Hardcover Book

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art in New York made an unusual acquisition for their permanent collection: the world’s original emoji, designed by Shigetaka Kurita at NTT DOCOMO and released in Japan in 1999.  Now, almost two decades later, they are releasing the first hardcover book and smartphone keyboard of these drawings—the direct ancestors of the emoji we all use today.  Shigetaka Kurita designed the original emoji for the Japanese telecommunications giant NTT DOCOMO when he was just 25 years old. The name was created from the Japanese “e,” which means picture, and “moji,” which means character.

At the time, Kurita and DOCOMO had no idea that their work would leave Japan, evolve, and eventually be used by billions of people on a daily basis, and revolutionize the way we communicate today.  The book, simply titled Emoji, studies and honors Kurita and DOCOMO’s creation, as well as the explosion across the globe of their unintentional works of art.  Emoji will present images of sketches and digital artwork with technical data from DOCOMO for each character. It will also include an introduction by Kurita and an essay by The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Paola Antonelli and Paul Galloway.

As of May 9th, this project has raised $70,000 of their $145,000 goal. This project has 23 days left to raise the $145,000 or it will not be funded.  For a pledge of $75, you will get one book.  For a pledge of $150, you will get two books.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: