The Secret Language Of Line Stickers

Throughout history, every form of communication has developed its own shorthand. Northern Renaissance paintings were rich in symbolism; even the most mundane detail, like a vase, was a rich allegory. Victorians folded the corners of their calling cards to express sentiments ranging from congratulations to condolences. Wireless telegraphists developed a system of coded slang to save their hands from the dreaded “morse finger.” And now Line, a messaging app with 205 million monthly active users around the world, has stickers like this: