Highbrow folk like us often find the traditional emoticon can struggle to express how we really feel. We don’t ALWAYS want to convey that we’re blindly happy, crying with laughter or horizontally-lipped and nonplussed. Sometimes, we need something a little more creative. Thank the lord, then, that Hyo Hong has come up with just the solution, in the form of the multifaceted (in its truest sense) Cindy Sherman-icon.
With such rich subject matter to play with, there really is a Cindy for pretty much every occasion, thanks to the fact the artist’s practice is based almost exclusively on images of her self in different guises. New York-based designer Hyo says: “I found iconic connections between her self-portraits and emoticons in terms of various facial expressions from one face.” Now, anyone else feeling a little, well, 80s American HR assistant today?
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Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.