TROY VASILAKIS


This is not you.

Emoji are meant to be a reflection of the idea of you. They began as a digital language in Japan to convey more expression and emotion in a growing technological field with scarce character limits. When the Unicode Consortium adopted the language in 2010, they did not consider the social implications of adopting an ethnocentric Japanese-oriented pictorial language. Failing to see this, the Unicode Consortium has created an insufficient system of over 3,000 unique characters that continues to grow, trying to please everyone. Their inability to reflect on the original characters has resulted in a crowded system that they cannot fix; “The Unicode Consortium encourages the use of embedded graphics (a.k.a. ‘stickers’) as a longer-term solution.”

This publication is an abridged version, only introducing you to the problem.