The Smiley Face Was Invented for Corporate America

A yellow circle with simply drawn eyes and a smile has become one of the most recognized American graphics. It was first created for an insurance company in the 1960s by artist Harvey Ball. (3:42)

Latest Videos

Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Obi Felten Interviews Danny Hillis
The Long Conversation 2018: Obi Felten Interviews Danny Hillis (10:57)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Jessica Matthews Interviews Roy Wood, Jr.
The Long Conversation 2018: Jessica Matthews Interviews Roy Wood, Jr. (11:21)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Larisa Martinez Interviews Michael Govan
The Long Conversation 2018: Larisa Martinez Interviews Michael Govan (10:59)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: David Rubenstein Interviews Scott Bolton
The Long Conversation 2018: David Rubenstein Interviews Scott Bolton (10:20)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Bruce Friedrich Interviews Laura Esserman
The Long Conversation 2018: Bruce Friedrich Interviews Laura Esserman (12:30)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Alfre Woodard Interviews Bruce Friedrich
The Long Conversation 2018: Alfre Woodard Interviews Bruce Friedrich (11:23)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Hawah Kasat Interviews Troy Carter
The Long Conversation 2018: Hawah Kasat Interviews Troy Carter (17:07)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Sasha Velour Interviews Malak Wazne
The Long Conversation 2018: Sasha Velour Interviews Malak Wazne (12:52)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Long Conversation 2018: Jon Grinspan Interviews Hawah Kasat
The Long Conversation 2018: Jon Grinspan Interviews Hawah Kasat (11:57)