I'm going to introduce ASCII art. Have you ever heard of it?? In short, it's a text based art. it can be created with any text editor and is often used with free-form languages. ASCII art started to spread in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The limitation of computers of that time period necessitated the use of text characters to represent images.
Look at the image of Homer! Isn't it cool?
There are many types and styles. Emoticons, like smiley, are also one of the ASCII art.
In Japan, facial marks are different from American ones. What do you think? You don't need to lean your head to read the face.
ASCII art has been developed into a unique way of making images and art.
Most western ASCII art use only fixed-width fonts, but Japanese use proportional fonts which have more variety in shapes, and it helps to create more detailed images.
Angelina Jolie! Now you feel like to create your own ASCII art?? No?? OK.
ASCII art is an interesting way of using typography! Why don't you use Japanese style facial marks when you text to your friends next time?? (^-^)(^3^)(^u^)
This is a related site. http://pingmag.jp/2006/02/09/ascii-art/