Categorize this under seriously funny. Someone on the Internet has decided to take emojis and turn them into beautifully shot, real-life objects, collecting them into one Tumblr appropriately titled EMOJI IRL.LOL. As silly as this may be, the photos are really perfectly shot and the dedication to accuracy is spot-on. Internet, I love you.
EMOJIS MEAN EVERYTHING AND THEY MEAN NOTHING AT THE SAME TIME. THEY’RE COMPLETELY PERSONAL AND COMPLETELY UNIVERSAL. THEY’RE REALLY QUITE STUPID. AND THEY’RE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO OUR GENERATION. THEY DESERVE TO BE OBSERVED AND WORSHIPPED INDIVIDUALLY. BY FINDING, POSING AND SCULPTING EMOJIS IN REAL LIFE I’VE CREATED A SET OF SHRINES TO THE INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS. BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAD TO DO IT.
Fonta is a website that encourages anyone to digitally write one of the 6941 characters on the site. On the landing page are numerous tiles with characters on them. Some tiles have faint grey outlines as guides for characters yet to be written, others have been written over by different users. Fonta’s driving vision is that a complete publicly generated font will eventually be created with the accumulated handwritten characters from different users. The font can be installed on your personal computer and used as a web font, but as of now there are only 1486 of the possible characters written. Also, as the site is in Japanese created by the design studio Kayac, the majority of the characters are of the Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana) and kanji, adopted Chinese characters. The English alphabet, numbers and some glyphs are also included.
If you’re like me, fonts can drive you bananas on the internet. Not in a “oh look how bad that font is” way, but in a “what a nice font, I wonder what it is” way. Sure, bad type happens. But when you see that great font being used, the inability to identify it can feel so close yet so far.
Thankfully, I’ve come across a solution. It comes in the form of a Google Chrome extension called WhatFont. If you aren’t familiar with Chrome extensions, that’s okay – many aren’t. Like your iPhone or Android device, the Chrome browser has a marketplace for third-party software that runs inside Chrome. Games and apps, of course, are there. But extensions are small functions that you add to the browser; oftentimes in the form of a button that goes up near your bookmarks.
Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.