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.

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!

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?

 

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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?

Recently I decided it was time to make the Emoji Dictionary a fully fledged resource. I went the same route as Fred Benenson did with Emoji Dick and used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk tool for micro jobs. Basically hundreds of anonymous people spent a few days defining all the 846 Emoji featured on the Emoji Dictionary.

When I started poking around the site and the over 4000 definitions I had commissioned by an international workforce, something caught my eye.  I looked at the definition for the two girls holding hands Emoji, there was no mention of them being gay or lesbian. Words like, “creepy girls, Girl Friends, two girls, women, and sisters” were used. The example sentences followed a similar tone: “Friendly girls hold hands to show affection.” and “Those girls holding hands are creeping me out.” So people were either seeing the Emoji as a symbol of sisterly love or it made them uncomfortable.

I decided to pull up the two boys holding hands Emoji. I noticed a strong difference. “Friends, Boys, Two men, people, men, and being gay” was followed by sentences like, “I believe the two men are gay.” and “These men love each other.” The Emoji with men was identified 50% of the time as an example of gay men holding hands who love each other, while the Emoji with women only signified sisters or friends.
Obviously this is only a small subset of people’s definitions, but it still points to the very thing that we were discussing about the invisibility of lesbians, trans, and bisexial people. We may have come a long way in accepting gayness in our culture, but we have so much more work to do.

New Diverse Emoji Set Announced Today

The Unicode Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.05.12 PMFoundation 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 of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology (there are many examples of this scale online, such as FitzpatrickSkinType.pdf).

The World Translation Foundation feels that this step toward making Emoji more diverse is long overdue. We are excited to see the new more colorful Emoji debut in mid 2015 on chat logs everywhere!

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