For its latest cover highlighting a story about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mail fiasco, The New Yorker tapped illustrator Barry Blitt to create a series of Hillary-themed emoji.
"Where would we be without emoticons, emoji, and sideways winky faces typed out of punctuation marks?" Mr. Blitt joked in a cover story piece on The New Yorker website. "Seriously, how does anyone understand anything that's written with only letters? I feel sorry for the alphabet. I'm waiting for the first original novel to be composed solely with emoticons. Oh, and Hillary Clinton."
Mr. Blitt is known for his satirical work. including the award-winning New Yorker cover, "Deluged," showing the Bush administration nearly neck-deep in water in the Oval Office following Hurricane Katrina, as well the controversial "The Politics of Fear" cover that depicted then-presidential candidate Barack Obama as a Muslim fist-bumping with his wife Michelle, dressed as a militant -- a comment on scare tactics that were being used to derail the then-senator's bid for the White House.
As for emoji, they're pretty top-of-mind when it comes to, well, just about anything these days. For example, Ikea just launched its own set of emoticons to help us talk about furniture, while Apple recently created a set of racially-diverse emoji.