The wave

What are your favorite emojis?

I like the wave emoji, it’s actually based on a wood block print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. The picture is called the great wave off Kanagawa, and you can see the simplified version in the emoji.

You can actually look up the basis of emojis at a website, it’s called Emojipedia, the description says :

The emoji search engine. A fast emoji search experience with options to browse every emoji by name, category, or platform.

We looked at signs and signifiers at college, and how one symbol or sign can include the idea of an object in it. The wave emoji is an example of a symbol that signifies the real object (a real wave) as well as the Hokusai version. Other emojis can be more or less abstract or realistic.

If you have never explored Hokusai then have a look for his work. He even influenced artists like Vincent Van Gogh who ordered prints from Japan and displayed them at his brother Theos gallery where he tried to sell them.

Emojis, more interesting than I thought!

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