The first Virtual Reality Emoji experience: EmojiFlower VR 😀 🌻

Have you ever wanted to live in a musical wonderland of flowers and Emoji?    Now you can!
EmojiFlower VR is a Virtual Reality art-game that combines Emoji with 90s interiors, natural environments, and original music.

Experience EmojiFlower VR😀🌻  with Google Cardboard. Come experience the Emoji Foundation’s latest game at Gray Area’s Incubator Showcase

EmojiFlower VR😀🌻  was started as a Virtual Reality research project with Gray Area Foundation for Art and Technology. I built a room that I had loved from a 90s/2000s interiors magazine, NEST. I added in Emoji because they express the culmination of culture in the last decade. Emoji are something wonderful that we embraced in the 2000s. EmojiFlower VR 😀🌻  is a rumination and celebration of the possibility, joy, and strangeness of twenty first century American culture.

After that I debuted the piece at Emojicon. After some great feedback from visitors to the conference, I discovered that this VR experience was indeed a fun game. I began the gamification process and showed the game at the Cultural Incubator Showcase at Grey Area.EmojiFlower VR😀🌻  will be released for iOS by the end of the incubator in November. It was designed and Developed by Niki Selken with original music by Timothy Vickers.

Technologies Used

EmojiFlower VR😀🌻  was built in Unity using the Google Cardboard SDK. Read more about the development process here.

Apple’s new Animoji will mirror your expressions

Apple is introducing animated Emoji!

The Animoji feature in iOS 11, which are animated versions of the popular emoji found on the iPhone. Animoji will use the Face ID hardware face-scanning features of the iPhone X to create custom 3D versions based on your own facial expressions.

Federighi joked,”If you were by chance wondering what humanity would do when given access to the most advanced facial tracking technology available, you now have your answer.” The answer is, Animoji.

What Is Your Meyers-Briggs Emoji?

Ever stay awake at night wondering which Emoji encapsulates your Meyers-Briggs personality type?

Yeah, me too.

For the unexperienced, the Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory is a series of questions that, when answered, categorize your personality based on whether you are:

  • Introverted OR extroverted
  • Sensing OR intuitive
  • Thinking OR feeling
  • Perceiving OR judging

The results are, for many, disturbingly accurate. If you haven’t taken the test, do it here.

But the question remains… what to reply when your friend asks, over text, why you sent her 5000 pics of potential hair colors for her approval, rather than just getting the one you want? Well, here you go!

INTJ =  Bar Chart Emoji

  • Organized
  • Idealist
  • Overly analytical
  • Judgmental

INTP= Light Bulb Emoji

  • Inventive
  • Creative
  • Insensitive
  • Absentminded

ENTJ= Crown Emoji

  • Motivating
  • Charismatic
  • Stubborn
  • Arrogant

ENTP= Speaking Head Emoji

  • Curious
  • Creative
  • Argumentative
  • Insensitive

INFJ=✊ Raised Fist Emoji

  • Idealist
  • Sensitive
  • Private
  • Cause-driven

INFP= Crying Cat Face Emoji

  • Idealistic
  • Passionate
  • Impractical
  • Tendency to take things personally

ENFJ=👂 Ear Emoji

  • Helpful
  • Eager to please
  • Overly sensitive
  • Self doubting

ENFP= Unicorn Face Emoji

  • Creative
  • Independent
  • Unfocused
  • Easily stressed

ISTJ=⚖ Balance Scale Emoji

  • By the book
  • Loyal
  • Insensitive
  • Judgmental

ISFJ= Octopus Emoji

  • Supportive
  • Reliable
  • Shy
  • Tendency to take on too much

ESTJ= File Folder Emoji

  • Dedicated
  • Organized
  • Inflexible
  • Judgemental

ESFJ= Selfie Emoji

  • Dutiful
  • Popular
  • Needy
  • Overly concerned about social status

ISTP:=‍ Woman Scientist Emoji

  • Creative
  • Prioritizing
  • Risk-taking
  • Easily bored

ISFP= Person Lifting Weights Emoji

  • Flexible
  • Curious
  • Overly competitive
  • Easily stressed

ESTP= Shark Emoji

  • Energetic
  • Bold
  • Impatient
  • Risk prone

ESFP= Woman Dancing Emoji

  • Spontaneous
  • Enthusiastic
  • Easily bored
  • Poor planners

Now that you know how to explain your neurosis in emoji form, why not check out how your type effects your vacation, or your idea of eternal damnation? Have fun!

New 2017 Emoji Released 😀

Unicode has announced the new Emoji for 2017! There is a whole host of awesome Emoji including fantasy themed Emoji which I LOVE. We have a mermaid, wizard and even a zombie! I am also pleased to announce the addition of DINOSAUR EMOJI! Check out the video from Emojipedia of each new addition. You can also check out the list of new Emoji on Unicode.

EmojiVR at Emojicon

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-2-42-57-pmWe were pleased to present EmojiFlower at Emojicon 2016 this weekend! Its the first annual Emoji conference. Emojicon was a magical, exhausting, hilarious mess of fun. I arrived and set up the VR booth after one whole week of NONSTOP coding on my game. I was delighted to meet some of my Emoji contemporaries like Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia and Fred Beneson of Emoji Dick. My favorite part of showing work was watching children and adults react to seeing VR with Emoji.




The folks who played it HAD A BLAST!

“It was so cool!”
-Oliver Cusik, 9 years old

“I think it’s really good. I liked popping Emojis.”

 -Myla Peacock, 8 years old

I really enjoyed the talk by Paul Galloway of the MOMA about the first Emoji set and the museum acquisition of the set. I also gave a talk of my own: Confessions of an Emoji Artist. I covered topics around Emoji art as well as how it affects our emotional centers.

For the Emoji Art Gallery I presented the Emoji Dictionary and EmojiFlower VR experience for Google Cardboard on behalf of WTF 🌍💬👯. Learn more about the development process for EmojiFlower VR here. EmojiFlower VR will be available on the App store for Apple and Android soon!

Here is a sneak peek of the game EmojiFlower VR😀🌺


World Translation Foundation at Emojicon this weekend!

NOVEMBER 4-6, 2016


Niki Selken of World Translation Foundation will be presenting Confessions of an Emoji Artist 🙈🙉🙊
Emoji Art is taking center stage in the art world. Learn about the major works of Emoji art through the lens and work of an ‘early adopter’ Emoji artist and founder of the first crowd-sourced Emoji Dictionary.

She will also be presenting the worlds first Emoji VR Artwork! Come and check out the festival and register today!