Its World Emoji Day!!


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. Lets do…

Emoji Insights: How Emoji express heterosexism


I was out to dinner last night with a group of friends, with a large spectrum of sexual orientations: straight, gay, lesbian, and flexible. We got to talking about how it was often hard for women, trans people, or bisexuals in a relationship to be taken seriously, or to even be seen as “gay” by others. More often than not, most bars and clubs for the queer community cater to gay men with the off ladies night. Moreover, unless women look and or dress a certain way (like Ellen) they are often not considered “Gay Enough.” They become invisible and overlooked and even denied their relationship status by many people. How does this relate to emoji?

Emojiland is now

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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.

New Diverse Emoji Set Announced Today

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The Unicode Foundation announced today that they will be addressing the lack of diversity in the current Emoji set. Their solution involves five new skin tone shade based on the Fitzpatrick scale. 5 symbol modifier characters that provide for a range of skin tones for human emoji. These characters are based on the six tones…

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.