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The History Of Emoticons by zacthetoad The History Of Emoticons by zacthetoad
The History Of Emoticons

This is, of course, only my interpretation on the timeline of emoticons over the past 26 years. Based on my research and various submissions here on deviantART.

I - The original emoticon, first used by Scott E. Fahlman on 19th of September, 1982.
II - Basic variation of the original, automatically converted.
III - Simple yellow smily, first use of colour in emoticons.
IV - Developed smily, shading based on `newklear's work.
V - Completely developed, strongly influenced by *sml-e's work.


If you're interested, take a look at A Brief History Of Emoticons.
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:iconansdesign:
ansdesign Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!
Used here: madgardens.deviantart.com/favo…
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:icontsuki-luna-moon:
Tsuki-Luna-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:)
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:icontsuki-luna-moon:
Tsuki-Luna-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lol, interesting.
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:iconmegamonster99:
Megamonster99 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And now we're at :iconilavplz:
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:iconeon-krate32:
eon-krate32 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That last one looks almost angry. o.o
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:iconwelikegroovyturtles:
welikegroovyturtles Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
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:icondoremirocker:
DoReMiRocker Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
:dummy:
:la:
:noes:
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:iconunown512:
Unown512 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student
VI - Deviant art's :)
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:iconwisekidk:
wisekidk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Damn you beat me to it :noes: I just thought of this like an hour ago and was making sure someone hadn't already made it :noes: WHY ARE ALL MY IDEAS ALREADY MADE :iconmega-noes-plz:

Good job btw :clap:
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:iconmajora-no-kamen:
Majora-no-Kamen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:iconover9000plz:
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:iconwampir00:
wampir00 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   General Artist
jajjaja! awesome!! :D :D :D
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:iconfoxwolftoasty:
FoxwolfToasty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
:)
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:iconaganab:
aganab Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Very nice :thanks:
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:iconyumekaze-chan:
Yumekaze-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist
Interesting, number 3 is the most cute I think.
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:icontokyogirl900:
Tokyogirl900 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
XD
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:icondomsaunders:
DomSaunders Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Photographer
:heart: it
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:iconfreyad-dryden:
Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Evolution at work.
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:icongolden-acorn:
golden-acorn Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
that's a cool idea!
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:iconalfala7i:
alfala7i Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hahaha
very nice
:fav+:
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:iconvampirate6:
vampirate6 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
i love emoticons!

(is it possible for me to fave ur avatar? i love it!)
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:iconcarm-ie:
carm-ie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
history! Cool...
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:icon4dreamcastonly:
4dreamcastonly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the last one looks a bit scray to me-But that is just one person's opinion. But nice work anyhow.
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:iconblockjuice:
BlockJuice Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
the V looks like a stalker

:iconstalkerplz:

nice work though
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:iconphoenixchi:
Phoenixchi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
IV's the best~ :3
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:icontheburningmoon:
TheBurningMoon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The fourth one is most like the original smiley that was created. Not emoticon, I mean, the actually drawing.

This is interesting, and funny because I never expected to find a history of smiley face emoticons XD How awesome
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:iconunlabeled-x-retarded:
Cool :)
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:iconstanojevic:
Stanojevic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl: great stuff!
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:iconvisk-vpx:
Visk-VPX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Thanks for sharing this!
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:iconmeninasuitcase:
MenInASuitcase Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
:noes: this is awesome! easy-great concept! :]
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:iconstarbuxx:
starbuxx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol~!
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:iconmasked-racoon:
masked-racoon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
was half expecting a cave smiley
XD
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:iconhmspeedfreek:
HMSpeedFreek Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Well, it is an interesting look back. Also, you can see a whole selection of III, IV and V in the legend itself. But, by making this parallel to history of Art, V is up to c1860 (i.e. beginning of impressionism). Meaning that where you could go with emoticonning now, is into abstraction...
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:iconmbabiak94:
Mbabiak94 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
awsome idea!
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:iconjazzknh:
jazzknh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
cool!
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:icontehmiminator:
tehmiminator Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat...!
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:icondbestarchitect:
dbestarchitect Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
haha true! ^^
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:iconarab-artist:
arab-artist Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
this should be on a t-shirt, why didnt any1 think of this before :D it's amazing to see how emoticons were invented and reinvented over the last 2-3 decades. it's pretty that you actually did some research on this
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Hehe, I'm an emoticon geek. Although honestly, most of it came from the article I wrote a while ago. :slow:

Thanks.
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:iconawdev:
AWdeV Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
That's the kind of history they should teach at school! :lol:

Very nice idea. :)
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Bhahah; "The Evolution Of Emoticons - 20th to 21st Century".
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:iconawdev:
AWdeV Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
:giggle:
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional
Awesome! :thumbsup:

.. oh if only time could stand still after IV. No offense to *sml-e's work of course, I'm just not too fond of the V era in general.
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:icongomotes:
Gomotes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a honours :)
Thanks so much to be part of this work :manhug:
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:iconsynthes:
synthes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
great history! can't wait for the future ;)
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:icontoledophotographer:
toledophotographer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
LMAO You are a genius!!
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:iconarrioch:
arrioch Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Great work, man, thanks for sharing this :D
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:iconedme:
Edme Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
The history of emote specie! :worship:
I actually get quite moved when I look at and think of it :happycry:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Its interesting to think how its all changed over the past two decards.
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:iconblunaowl:
blunaowl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
History's boring. Most of the time. :bucktooth:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
I concur, but not this... right? :slow:
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