Now, a new publication titled The Sm;)e Book is being released to celebrate the icon’s cultural impact with a particular focus on its role in art and graphic design. Its creators – artist Rich Browd and DB Burkeman, a former rave DJ – have been working on this “passion project” for the past five years, aiming to “unearth the smiley face’s complex and expansive history”.
Among the artists and designers with work featured in the book are Alicia McCarthy, Jake & Dinos Chapman, James Cauty, James Joyce, Jeremy Deller, Fatboy Slim (who’s been collecting smiley iconography for years), Rachel Maclean, Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans and many others.
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