New York's Museum of Modern Art has announced the acquisition of the @ symbol for their collection.

Today, New York’s Museum of Modern Art announced that it has acquired the @ symbol for its collection. Brought to prominence by American electrical engineer Ray Tomlinson, MoMa explains why they chose to acquire the @ symbol, and the historical context from which it evolved to its current place in the digital world:

Is @ Design?

The appropriation and reuse of a pre-existing, even ancient symbol—a symbol already available on the keyboard yet vastly underutilized, a ligature meant to resolve a functional issue (excessively long and convoluted programming language) brought on by a revolutionary technological innovation (the Internet)—is by all means an act of design of extraordinary elegance and economy.

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