Niki Selken

Introducing the New Emoji Dictionary!

The Emoji Dictionary, by Niki Selken. A crowdsources emoji to English dictionary.

The Emoji Dictionary is WTF’s latest Emoji art project. Designed and built by Niki Selken, the WTF Emoji Dictionary is the first crowdsourced Emoji resource on the web.  We need Emoji aficionados like you to help us build our database of definitions! Similar to Wikipedia, we rely on the community to share, build and define the Emoji…

Emoji Research


As we move into using abstracted modes of communication such as texts, tweets, and Emoji, we should examine, meditate upon and explore the impact this communication upon our ability to connect with each other. By highlighting Emoji as creative medium we start to unpack the millions of Emoji texts and messages sent every day, and what might be emerging as a meaning-making tool beyond the chat log. The World Translation Foundation explores Emoji as an emergent visual language. WTF believes that words often get in the way of expressing how we feel. WTF is one part web project, one part tongue and cheek art movement, and two parts serious scholarship. Words can be cumbersome and misleading, and worst of all, they change from country to country. WTF addresses these issues through the form of Emoji art focused website as well as a database driven, crowd-sourced English to Emoji dictionary.

The New Emoji of 2014!


WTF proudly presents the Unicode 7.0 emoji sneak peak for 2014! See them before they hit your mobile. Imagine being able to emoji tweet about seeing a spider while dressed as a princess at the disco. Now you can.

The Earnest Importance of Being


This is an except of my Emoji Treatment of the Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. It is an effort to understand how we can modify the written, performative word into virtual, networked, platforms and contexts.