AIDigital Art

AI: Emoticons are Art

Emoticons are the best shorthand we have for clarifying emotion in texts : )

However they have branched far beyond simple feelings to become a minialist art form unto themselves  ^..^

We recently had cause to need an emoticon to represent table flipping anger. We came up with these



What are your favorite emoticon? Show us : D

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim


  1. March 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    In CTHULU we trust! (,;,,;)

  2. March 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm


  3. March 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I think there is a great need for an emoticon fo the "drinky drinky" hand motion. I do not know what this emoticon is, but it is clearly the most important emoticon of our time. 

  4. March 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My submission for the "drinky drinky" emoticon
    It's someone drinking from a wine glass.

  5. March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I'm a fan of the one Amy posted. I also rememer, way back from my AOL days…
    …a koala: @*0*@
    …and a couple of kitties: >^. .^<  =^. . ^=
    I also tend to use equals sign for eyes in my standard emoticons, instead of colon, like so: =) =D =/

  6. March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Here are my favorite special ones.
    Then there's my all purpose:  ¬_¬


  7. March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I tend to prefer sticking with emoticons that are easy to type, although Maki's are certainly very cool! My go-to emoticons are:
    >_< (embarassment/exasperation) or
    o_O (wtf/what I don't even)

  8. March 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm


  9. March 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    It's a bum

  10. February 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Holy crap. Ryan!! Are you Flip from PBMS??

  11. February 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    @Mame, Given that I have no idea what you’re talking about, I have to assume not.

  12. February 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    aw man 🙁 there was a guy I played the videogame Glitch with, who used that table-flipping emoticon as his username.

  13. February 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Sorry to disappoint.

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