Graphics by Amy Chen

Research by Jian DeLeon (@jiandeleon)

The emoticon has never been more prevalent in our society. Whether it's a light-hearted text to a friend, commiserating over a sad Facebook post, or a snarky comment on Google Talk, the simplified communication graphic changed the way we look at certain puncuation marks. With the 30th anniversary of the initial smiley face graphic looming, here's a rundown of how it all got to this point. Enjoy! :)