Back in March, The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) announced a controversial new acquisition to the museum’s collection: the @ symbol. Designers and the public alike shared a mixture of excitement and confusion at the acquisition of an everyday, non-material piece of typography.
MFA Design Criticism Department Chair Alice Twemlow shared her thoughts on the acquisition in a recent article in ARTnews: “[The acquisition is] indicative of a direction in which MoMA is heading and responding actually to a larger shift in design discourse. The discussion has moved on beyond the object. The reality of design exists within a system of use. It acknowledges we are in a postindustrial communications age, and the @ sign is the pivot of that, at the center of e-mail, which is at the center of communication.”