Tracing the ‘Surprisingly Rich History of ASCII Art’

Because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Which is only to say that ‘shrug’ or ‘shrug guy‘ is a popular kaomoji made using standard keyboard characters as well.

And so if you’re interested in text art, ASCII, and all things keyboard you should check out this article over on The New Stack on The Surprisingly Rich History of ASCII Art:

ASCII art is basically images created only through text characters, specifically the 128 characters specified in the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a character encoding standard for electronic communication.

Text art predates computers by a long while. Researching the topic, I learned that people have been playing around with the spacing of their text since ancient Greece, a phenomenon which is sometimes called “concrete poetry” (or “shape poetry”).

Read more here.

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