We 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.
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!
The Unicode foundation has just released 72 new Emoji! Some of the most requested Emoji are now a reality. Some of the highlights are fingers crossed, ROTFL, face palm, and many more! See all of the new additions here.
It’s a historic moment of recognition for little images that have been gaining popularity since 1999
Oxford Dictionaries made history on Monday by announcing that their “Word of the Year” would not be one of those old-fashioned, string-of-letters-type words at all. The flag their editors are planting to sum up who we were in 2015 is this pictograph, an acknowledgement of just how popular these pictures have become in our (digital) daily lives:
“Although emoji have been a staple of texting teens for some time, emoji culture exploded into the global mainstream over the past year,” the company’s team wrote in a press release. “Emoji have come to embody a core aspect of living in a digital world that is visually driven, emotionally expressive, and obsessively immediate.”
Oxford University Press—which publishes both the august Oxford English Dictionary and the lower-brow, more-modern Oxford Dictionaries Online—partnered with keyboard-app company SwiftKey to determine which emoji was getting the most play this past year. According to their data, the “Face With Tears of Joy” emoji, also known as LOL Emoji or Laughing Emoji, comprised nearly 20% of all emoji use in the U.S. and the U.K., where Oxford is based. The runner-up in the U.S., with 9% of usage, was this number:
Comment: Dear Emoji people,
First off, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for inventing, what I think is, the greatest contribution to modern communication. The Emoji.
WHERE THE FUCK IS THE DINOSAUR EMOJI!?
YOU’VE HAD LIKE 16 GOD DAMN UPDATES ADDING NEW SHIT THAT NO ONE EVER USES, BUT STILL NO DINOS???
COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO LIVES AND BREATES THE JURRASIC PERIOD, THE DINOSAUR EMOJI IS THE ONE THING THAT LEAVES AN EMPTY VOID IN MY SOUL WHEN IT COMES TO EXPRESSING MYSELF VIA TEXT BASED COMMUNICATION.
JUST TAKE A STEP BACK AND THINK OF ALL THE AMAZING APPLICATIONS IT WOULD HAVE!
I MEAN, YOU EVEN CREATED A MIDDLE FUCKING FINGER! THE DINOSAUR IS MUCH MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY BECAUSE THEY DONT EVEN HAVE FINGERS TO GIVE VULGAR GESTURES WITH!
YOURE ALL A BUNCH OF BRONTO-SNORUS’S. GET WITH THE TIMES, PEOPLE! THIS ISNT THE TRIASSIC PERIOD!
WHAT IF I OPENED A CLOTHING STORE CALLED “TRY SARA’S TOPS” — HAHA ITS CLEVER AND WITTY AND FUN, BUT FUCK ME I CANT EVEN PROPERLY EMOTE MYSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA BECAUSE THERE IS NO FUCKING TRICERATOPS.
I MEAN SERIOUSLY… YOU HAVE AN EMOJI OF A PILE OF SMILING SHIT!
AND ALSO, THREE, YES FUCKING THREE, EMOJIS FOR A PIG!
WHAT IS THIS? JURRASIC PORK?
DO THE WORLD A FAVOR, GIVE US SOME LITTLE T-REXY’S AND MAYBE SOME BABY RAPTORS, OR SOMETHING.
DINOSAURS ARE FUCKING HOT RIGHT NOW AND THIS DINO-SHIP IS ABOUT SET SAIL WITHOUT YOUR ASS UNLESS YOU GET THE FUCK ON BOARD.
Join in the celebration on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay.
🙋 Why July 17?
July 17 1 is famously displayed on the iOS Calendar Emoji, which makes it perfect date for World Emoji Day. Even if you are using a system with a different calendar emoji, that shouldn’t stop you joining in the global celebration of emoji.
Galit Lurya and Niki Selken, of World Translation Foundation, have been working on experiments with Emoji and Node.js. Behold Emojiland is born. Now you can “chat” with your friends by moving Emoji around a screen. Amazing! You could even have an Emoji dance party, with a mouse.