Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

I graduated in 2013, but still blog here once in a while.

  • anchor an online photobooth and gallery to share your emoji (emoticon) faces!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Mar 12, '13 8:36 PM EST

    Hi Archinect,

    I love emoji faces. I love to send them, I love to receive them, and I love to make little scenes with them. So does my boyfriend, Drew Harry. So much so that we've been working on a little side project called It's a website where you can browse people's attempts at making emoji (emoticon) faces, then try your own and add them to the gallery.

    These are emoji:

    And here is the gallery:

    When you click on "add your face," you go to the photo booth, where you can take your picture. (You need to be on a computer with a webcam. Sorry, this part doesn't work on iPhones or iPads.)

    Play around with the photos! You always have the option to retake (i.e. discard) or share (approve) the photo, before it's added to the gallery. So don't be shy.

    If you do a full run of all 19 emoji faces, you are rewarded with a souvenir...

    Check it out! And let us know what you think.

    Thanks for reading!


    P.S. Shout out to some of our favorite emoji art and artists:

    Willem Van Lancker, the RISD grad who designed Apple's emoji font.

    Fred Benenson's Emoji Dick, which is Moby Dick translated into emoji by Amazon's Mechanical Turks.

    Twitter's #emojiarthistory.

    This classic from Aziz Ansari.

    My own "my world in emoji" tumblr.

    And the Fuck Yeah Emoji tumblr.


    • So, this is what happens when a PhD from Harvard and a PhD from MIT get together?

      Love it! 👻

      Mar 12, 13 8:46 pm  · 
      Lian Chikako Chang

      Haha, thanks Paul! Yeah, I guess that's the result. 🙈

      Mar 13, 13 8:33 am  · 

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This blog was most active from 2009-2013. Writing about my experiences and life at Harvard GSD started out as a way for me to process my experiences as an M.Arch.I student, and evolved into a record of the intellectual and cultural life of the Cambridge architecture (and to a lesser extent, design/technology) community, through live-blogs. These days, I work as a data storyteller (and blogger at in San Francisco, and still post here once in a while.

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