💬 The Wrap
This month saw the release of 72 new emojis in Unicode 9.0, with major vendor support looking set to roll out in the coming months. World Emoji Day is coming up on July 17, and work on Unicode 10.0 continues.
🗓 When to expect the new emojis
Twitter may be the first major platform with new emoji support in 2016 confirming a July launch for the new Twemoji release. Android and Windows also coming this summer.
🔌 How a comment on HackerNews lead to 4 ½ new Unicode characters
The story of these power symbols became Unicode characters is a good example of the proposal ➡️ encoding process for new symbols.
🔏 Mozilla uses emoji game Codemoji to teach about encryption
A project that would have worked without the emoji angle, but is a clever way to educate the general public in encryption (and I wonder if the private key is affected by variation selectors).
🔨 Sony Pictures Faces Legal Spat Over 'The Emoji Movie'
Having trademarks on all emoji merchanise seems about as legitimate as trademarking "emoticon" merch. Emoji is a generic phrase. (IANAL)
🤗 Mass Emoji Adoption at Elastic
This company allowed all its employees to adopt an emoji as part of the Unicode Consortium "adopt a character" program, and here's the list of what they picked.
🎪 There's nothing you can do about the clown emoji
There is almost no way to design a clown emoji without it seeming creepy in some way.
🍆 Will One of These New Emojis Replace the Eggplant?
Instagram banned the #🍆 hashtag in 2015. Will any of the new emojis in Unicode 9 take the phallic crown?
🌏 What the world needs now is a dinosaur emoji
Multiple proposals for a dinosaur emojis exist right now, some larger in scope than others. Here's an overview.
🐮 The Elements of Stickers
Visual communication is huge. Emoji taps into a large part of that, but stickers are also a force to be reckoned with.
💃 New Facebook Messenger Emojis are Stunning
Facebook made a splash earlier in the month with news of a female runner, police officer and "emojis representing red heads for the first time", but that part is just for the default-yellowskins.
🤑 The Dawn of Emoji Ad Targeting
“When somebody shares a tired emoji, we get the sentiment of that person being tired”. A natural extension of how ads already follow us around the web, or something more?
📖 Emoji bible: legit or not legit
Emoji translation of bible "fails to translate God’s word in all its glory" according to Carl Moeller of Biblica.
🐦 Twitter Adds Stickers
Twitter starts its sticker support with every Twemoji image available for sticking on photos. More non-emoji stickers to come.
🆕 Unicode 9.0 Released With 72 New Emojis
My summary of the 72 new emojis included as part of Unicode 9. Fingers Crossed, ROFL, and Shrug will be very popular I am sure.
🔢 Emoji candidates to receive placeholder code points
In a slight change from past years, emoji candidates now receive placeholder code points until accepted for encoding later in the process. Unicode has the details.
💭 June 29: Emoji Workshop @ the RCA, London
Today! Informal workshop held by Adam Waldron to discuss, experiment, design and propose emoji for Unicode 10.0 at the Royal College of Art in London.
🌎 July 17: World Emoji Day 2016
World Emoji Day is held July 17 every year, and this will be its third outing. Keep an eye on the World Emoji Day Twitter for events, promotions, and other launches happening for the big day.
Spare a thought for the forgotten emojis this World Emoji Day 😢🛢