Nearly from the beginning, Twitter has had a certain, simple graphic elegance. For less than the cost of a lunch plate, Twitter’s founders purchased a stock image of the iconic Twitterbird, as gloriously designed by Japan-based artist Simon Oxley . They also handpicked Yiying Lu ’s endearing Fail Whale illustration — so often borne aloft by Oxley’s flock, it would turn out, in a fitting symbol of interconnection.
In that tradition, it is only right and natural that to celebrate Twitter’s fifth anniversary Monday — co-founder Jack Dorsey let fly the virgin tweet “inviting coworkers” on March 21, 2006 — Comic Riffs marks the occasion by gathering many of our favorite graphic images about Twitter.
The San Francisco-based company reportedly delivers more than a billion tweets a week pinging among more than 175-million registered users. The numbers can dizzy the mind, but don’t necessarily deliver the real picture. To render the site’s impact and influence — especially ever since the Twitterbird flew due South by Southwest in 2007 — we turn to the artists, many of whom were among the first to embrace the bird, the whale and the tale told a mere 140 characters at a time.
Without further ado, here they are -- Comic Riffs’s Favorites: Our Top 10 Twitter Cartoon Artworks:
YIYING LU’s iconic illustration:
And SIMON OXLEY’s equally iconic illustration: