A new book published by Prestel explores the history of emoji and its rise as a global communication phenomenon.
A Reason to Headbang: Finland Makes National Emojis
The country has developed more than 30 emojis that function as advertisements for all the things that make Finland unique.
Could Emoji Replace Pin Numbers?
Emoji have been widely praised for the way they can foster better communication. But what if they could also make it easier to remember things — for instance, the password to your bank account?
Are Emojis a Language?
Do emoji, which comprise so much of our textual communication, really constitute a language?
The French Love Hearts, Canadians Prefer Poop, and Other Emoji Trends
A new report breaking down emoji use by country and language found that hearts make up 55% of emoji typed by French speakers. That’s four times the international average.
As Multiculti Emojis Debut, Bleach Company Stains Its Reputation with Off-Color Joke
On the day that the world could finally send diverse-looking emoji, US-based bleach company Clorox made a very bad joke.
Asians Meet New Yellow Emoji with Frowny Face
Apple’s new release of iOS 8.3 beta and OS X 10.10.3 beta for testers includes a long-awaited emoji update, with new, racially diverse humanoid emoji.
The Many Faces of Cindy Sherman, Turned into Emoji
There are few human emotions that have not been captured, in one series or another, by Cindy Sherman.
Emoji Update Promises Racial Diversity, but No Multiracial Couples
Emoji will become more racially diverse in 2015. An update slated to be released next year will allow users to choose between five different skin tones for all their humanoid emoji characters.
‘The Shining’ in Emoji Is Pretty Great
Emoji translation is a fine art. The first masterpiece of the genre was undoubtedly Emoji Dick (aka Moby Dick in emoji) by Fred Benenson, but since then there have been varying degrees of success at translating the true essence of a text into a string of mostly adorable symbols.
250 New Emoji Are on the Way
The Unicode Consortium (which sounds like a comic book crime organization) has released approximately 250 emoji as part of Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard, which includes 2,834 new characters.
Emojis May Be Going Multiculti, but What About Art?
Here at Hyperallergic, we’ve discussed — and griped about — the limited menu of emoji on smartphones but now there’s word that Apple may expand the usual emoji suspects with more racial diversity to reflect a more inclusive reality. But can I suggest a few others?