Emojis and their role in communication

Emojis continue to have an evolving cultural influence, now with entire sites dedicated to tracking their developments and even earning themselves a movie set to be released next year. (See emojipedia

Scheduled to be released TODAY, another 72 new emojis will be adopted into our message-verse.

The new list will include: Rolling on the Floor Laughing, Clown Face, Man In Tuxedo, Face palm and Shrug, along with 70 other new visual representations. 

 An Emoji is "a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication." (1) It sounds like "emoji" is a hybrid between emotion or emoticons, which is a complete coincidence. In fact, it is rooted in the Japanese word for "pictographs."

 e 'picture' + moji 'letter, character.' (1)

Closely connected to Kanji, an alphabet of characters used heavily in the Japanese language,  Emojis first emerged in Japan in the late '90s and are credited to this guy, Father of the Emoji.  Since then, they've only continued to grow in use, even officially included in the dictionary.

Oxford named the "Face with Tears of Joy" as 2015's word of the year. Crazy? Or genius. 

Taking on Oxford and beyond, campaigns and movements have sparked for inclusion as well as posed questions about diversity, equality and the accessibility of technology. Many voiced their feelings in the context of Facebook's decision to release 'Reactions' earlier this year. (3)

Lyrics, stories, idioms and everything in between have been recreated in emoji. Some, that are truly laugh out loud funny:

Pinterest (2) 

Pinterest (2) 

Pinterest (2)

We're excited to see what comes out in the new upgrade! 


A few questions answered:

How do you add Emojis on websites that don't offer a keyboard?

A cheat sheet has been created that allows you to copy and paste emojis to your site. A list of pages supported is included when you first open the page.

Link to cheat sheet.

Who designed the first emojis?

Many credit Shigetaka Kurita as the"Father of the Emoji" 

Link to article

How do emojis become added?

When consumers speak up, the developers listen. In the last movement to include diverse emojis, new emojis were voted on and approved by the Unicode Consortium. 

Link to official site.

Why isn't RISO represented?

We think some Riso emojis should be added to the next bundle. Our preliminary suggestions

 Riso Emojis


1. definition: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/emoji

2. photos:http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/clever-funny-emoji/

3.'Reactions discussion' http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathleenchaykowski/2016/02/24/facebook-no-longer-just-has-a-like-button-thanks-to-global-launch-of-emoji-reactions/#dce7a5a4994c