Portfolio Update: Emojipedia.org's Mockups for Unicode 9.0 Proposals

Proposed Unicode 9 emoji mockups: fox face, cowboy smiley, face palm, and bacon! Mmm, bacon.

Proposed Unicode 9 emoji mockups: fox face, cowboy smiley, face palm, and bacon! Mmm, bacon.

I updated my portfolio today to include a really fun project I just wrapped up. Emojipedia, a popular emoji wiki, gave me the opportunity to create emoji mockups based on the Unicode 9.0 emoji proposals, which likely won't be implemented by OS vendors until 2016.

What was particularly fun about this project is that it required adhering to Apple's visual aesthetic as closely as possible, sometimes in reproducing characters, but also in envisioning how the company might visually implement particular references from the proposal. The way in which Apple implements shape, texture, and motion are pretty consistent, but the styles sometimes varied, which made it really fun to play with.

Emojipedia was hard at work this past Friday, July 17, promoting its popular proposed World Emoji Day on Twitter, and lots of people got involved with ideas and celebration—companies, sports teams, publishers, and regular folks alike. There was even a NY Times article about it! Emojipedia will trickle out more candidates over time, but for now you can vote on them at emojivote.com.

Head on over to the portfolio page and check it out!