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Decoding Systems & Secrets at the V&A

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Keith Broni of Guildhawk at the V&A

The V&A’s contemporary Friday Late events celebrate all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design.

The events bring audiences into contact with leading minds through live performances, film screenings, discussion panels, DJ sets and late-night exhibition openings.  

Photo by David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Guildhawk at the V&A

The Future of Emoji

The late-night theme of “Systems & Secrets” explored the evolution of communication. For the night in question, the V&A event team planned a series of captivating workshops on semaphore, encryption, body language, robotics, and the fastest-growing language of today: emoji.

For the night in question, the V&A event team planned a series of captivating workshops on semaphore, encryption, body language, robotics, and the fastest growing language of today: emoji.

 Jurga Zilinskiene, David Clarke, Adam Bradshaw and Keith Broni of Guildhawk at the V&A

Our Expertise

For the latter workshop, the V&A team requested the services of our very own Keith Broni, the world’s first emoji researcher and interpreter, to deliver the session. Presenting to a packed house below the preserved wooden frontage of a Renaissance era home, Keith covered everything from emoji design to cultural impact and influences, and rounded the session off with a fascinating Q&A session.

The workshop was so popular it had to be interrupted on three occasions to provide safety information to the tightly packed audience, a clear indicator of just how popular and wide-ranging a subject area emoji has become