I think one of the most important designs that shaped the web is The Emoticon invented by cartoonist Harvey Ball because of multiple reasons. Firstly, I found the idea of emoticons the most relatable due to its growing popularity, especially in the teenage community in which I reside. While the use of emoticons is already largely involved in my daily online routine, essentially present in every text message I send out, I find that the emoticon, to some extent, is slowly replacing the need for words. For example, instead of saying, “I am sad”, a simple :( would suffice, or would even convey the emotion more vividly and convincingly. Secondly, the invention of emoticon exceeds the common aim of achieving convenience and, in addition, allows the user to humanize their virtual existence. While emoticons prevent confusion in terms of the user’s tone of voice and attitude in text, as mentioned in the article, I think that its purpose has transformed mostly into conveying emotion, rather than preventing it. By using emoticons, the user would be able to portray a more three-dimensional character within the two-dimensionality of text. As a ripple effect, getting to actually “know” people can now be achieved via the Internet, and having an emotional connection with someone can be done without ever meeting them. Finally, for someone who is basically addicted to the Internet such as myself, I personally find the Emoticon the most important because it has not only affected my life online but has also transcended into affecting me in real life. While it may just be a personal habit, I often catch myself saying “sadface” or “QQ” at the end of sentences, simply because I find it more effective than making an actual sad face. With that said, the Emoticon was originally entered into keyboard by a person talking at the device, but has now reversed and is inserted into what the person is saying.