Mexico City Is Getting Its Own Emoji

By Meg Miller

The city government announced a contest to design Mexico City’s official emoji. Beyond new iconography, the city could also be getting valuable data about how its residents view the city.

Cities are full of icons and symbols—a visual vernacular that conveys both necessary information and a sense of place to visitors and residents. Wayfinding icons and street signs help people navigate a city and its resources, regardless of the language they speak. And some parts of an urban landscape even become symbols of a city itself: the Eiffel Tower represents Paris, for example, or San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge.

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