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What Does the Font Say?


We are writing more than ever before—in the US we send 6 billion text messages a day, while every minute Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content, Twitter users tweet nearly 300,000 times, and email users send over 200 million messages. How often are we trying to convey emotion in those messages? How often does our messages get misinterpreted? How many people can recall a disagreement that happened because text is bad at conveying emotion? Can fonts convey emotions?

We have ways of conveying emotion in text. We use ALL CAPS TO YELL AT PEOPLE in text. Let them know you’re mad. I use commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, en dashes, and em dashes (just to name a few) to convey more meaning than the words alone. And I just used parentheses. Not to forget the emojis – those which are defaults in our messaging systems and those from early era chat rooms.

ASCII emoticons of the west

The smiley face

:- )    : )    : D     :o)    :]      :3     :c)     :>     =]     8)

The frown

>:[      :- (      : (      :-c     :c      :-<     :<      :-[       :[       :{

My favorite, the rose


ASCII emoticons of the east


(^v^) (^u^) (^◇^) ( ^)o(^ ) (^O^) (^o^) (^○^)


(‘_’) (/_;) (T_T) (;_;) (;_; (;_:) (;O;) (:_;) (ToT)


(*_*) (*_*; (+_+) (@_@) (@_@。 (@_@;) \(◎o◎)/!



And the cool new emojis on phones


Even the font we pick can have an impact on the readers. For example, in satirical readings Times New Roman is perceived as more funny and angry than Arial. While good mood and increased performance on cognitive can be induced by good type design(i.e., kerning, small caps, old style numerals, and sub/superscript features, symmetry as shown below). San-serif fonts are more viewed as more playful than serif fonts. There are many more example of popular press having an opinion on what the font says, and even on font evoking smells, but this is an area ripe for more concrete research done with experimental designs.


We went from spending more time talking to more time writing. With all of this writing, and more ways than ever to miscommunicate, we are also finding more ways to communicate emotion through text and font—in hopes of not being misunderstood.

via  http://www.dwrl.utexas.edu/2015/10/12/what-does-the-font-say/

Facebook ‘reactions’: social network adds emoji to ‘Like’ options

Facebook is to trial “reactions” options for users responding to content, proving that merely being able to “like” something was somewhat limiting the human emotional spectrum.

From Friday, Ireland and Spain (assumingly particularly emotive nations?) will be the first to test the new feature. Despite wide reporting that Facebook was working on a “dislike” button in September, it seems company boss Mark Zuckerberg has decided that a binary choice of like and dislike is too specific.

Instead, Engadget reports that “icons” that represent “love, laughter, cheeky smiles [and] shock anger” will be some of those available to users in the trial, which starts this weekend. The hope is that one will no longer be constrained in one’s emotional response on the social network.

It can feel awkward to like a post about somebody’s beloved dog dying – but how else to show appreciation of the cute tribute photo of them as young child and puppy? Zuckerberg acknowledged back in September interviews that this was an issue:

“What [people] really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment.

“We have an idea that we’re going to be ready to test soon, and depending on how that does, we’ll roll it out more broadly.”

Faceboook reactions
What the new Facebook reactions options will look like. Photograph: Facebook

Emotional tone online can be a minefield, often lost in translation or misinterpreted, which is why canny internet users have thought of workarounds.

The reaction gif, for instance, is now part of the everyday internet experience, and there are popular website repositories to find the best (think Giphy.com). Twitter recognised just how integral reaction gifs were to many users’ online experience when it introduced support for animated gifs in June 2014.

With its new reactions panel, it seems Facebook is finally (eye roll) catching up to the fact people have a varied, rich internal gamut of emotions. It’s not the most revolutionary advancement, however. Facebook’s new reactions do look a lot like a subset of emoji. They are reminiscent too of the stickers available in Gmail’s Hangouts (in addition to actual supported emoji), and the number of responses one can choose at the end of BuzzFeed articles.

My reaction to Facebook’s reactions? Underwhelmed. But I don’t think that’s an option.

via http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/08/facebook-reactions-social-network-adds-emoji-to-like-options?CMP=fb_gu