The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has acquired two emoji that have helped broaden diversity for users of the tiny pictures, becoming the third museum to add emoji to their digital collections.
The Cooper Hewitt announcement follows the 2016 acquisition of the original DoCoMo emoji set by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. DoCoMo is a top mobile phone operator in Japan, where emoji began. In 2018, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London acquired the proposed mosquito emoji design. All are part of a larger effort for museums and cultural institutions to preserve significant parts of digital history and culture.
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New digital acquisitions, Person with Headscarf Emoji and Inter-skintone Couple Emoji, celebrate inclusion and representation. 🧕🏽👩🏾🤝👩🏻 https://t.co/XGDywLuJzH
Rayouf Alhumedhi proposed the Hijab emoji in 2016. Katrina Parrott introduced the first multiracial emoji five years ago. pic.twitter.com/aNAhBqtuKw
— Cooper Hewitt (@cooperhewitt) December 17, 2020