Computer Arts explores the history of character design

Computer Arts issue 227 is out now! Behind the fluoro pink cover this month, we take a fascinating trip through the history of character design. Throughout the ages, characters have played a range of different roles - in the early days of the internet they acted as 'friendly gatekeepers', welcoming users into this brave new world. Brands found the characters to be invaluable in breaking thought the white noise of marketing spiel and delivering a clear message to customers - before society pushed back, taking these same characters and using them to protest against commercialism.

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