Event description

Emojis aren’t just fun—they’re changing the way we communicate and can help us express ourselves in ways words often cannot. As designers, creators and communicators, we all play a role in expressing ourselves using emojis. Adobe recently commissioned a global study assessing emoji users’ perceptions of the capacity of the emoji system to accurately represent their physical selves, their cultural identities, and their personal concerns, as well as how they would like to see the emoji system evolve to address these issues in the future. In this study, 83% of global emoji users agree that emoji should offer more inclusive representation of users. 76% agree that emoji are an important communication tool for creating unity, respect and understanding of one another. This panel will discuss the importance of this study and the impact emoji inclusivity can have on designers.

· Understand how creatives can effectively utilize emojis in design in an inclusive way
· Learn how emojis are becoming more inclusive and diverse
· Understand the impact of emojis in design today, and opportunities for the future

In addition, San Francisco Design Week is excited to offer its attendees an exclusive free screening of the documentary titled “The Emoji Story.” This award-winning documentary is a one-of-a-kind film that gives a glimpse into the world of emoji and the brief history of the rapid rise of this new global language.

Thinking of designing an emoji, or curious about the submission process? Join us on Wednesday, June 9 for a workshop on How an Emoji Becomes an Emoji. Learn the ins-and-outs of submitting an emoji proposal to the Unicode Consortium from the leading emoji advocacy group in the field, Emojination.

Jenny 8. Lee, Co-Founder, Emojination
Jennifer 8. Lee is the co-founder of Emojination, an organization that helps the public submit emojis for consideration to the Unicode Consortium, as well as a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. She is also the co-founder of the literary studio Plympton, and a producer on The Emoji Story, which premiered at the 2019Tribeca Film Festival as Picture Character. Through Emojination, she has helped shepherd through over 100 emoji. Inspired by the universality of the dumpling across cultures and cuisines (e.g., jiaozi in China, ravioli in Italy, pierogi in Poland, empanadas in Argentina), her first emoji proposal was working with Yiying Lu to make the dumpling emoji a candidate. She also co-authored the proposal for a hijab emoji. Emojination’s work has been collected by the CooperHewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; won a Webby award; and honored by Fast Company’s Innovation in Design Awards.

Yiying Lu, Emojination Co-founder & SF Arts Commissioner
Yiying Lu is a cross-cultural design champion who has created iconic designs used worldwide every day, including the popular dumpling, chopsticks , fortune cookie , takeout box , peacock , and boba tea emojis. Born in Shanghai China, educated in Sydney Australia and London UK, now based in San Francisco. Yiying Lu is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, global educator, bilingual TEDx speaker, and a San Francisco Arts Commissioner. She was named one of the Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Microsoft’s “Top 10 Leader in Innovation”, and a “Shorty Awards” in Design. Yiying speaks about Cross-Cultural Design, Creativity & Innovation in English & Chinese at TEDx, SXSW, and Adobe MAX. As the artist behind Twitter’s iconic Fail Whale, its subsequent “Pale Whale” for Conan O’Brien, and Disney Shanghai Mickey Mouse, Yiying work has impacted many by bridging cultures and language barriers, uniting people, and enchanting audiences worldwide through both verbal and visual storytelling.

Moderated by Paul D. Hunt, Adobe
Paul D. Hunt is a typeface designer, font developer, and emoji expert currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. Their work in the field of typeface design focuses on providing more advanced and expanded typographic alternatives for multicultural typography and design. They have designed typefaces for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Devanagari, and Gurmukhi writing systems. Paul has used their role as one of Adobe’s representatives to Unicode to advocate for better gender inclusive representation in emoji. Currently, they are working on developing open-source resources for emoji font projects and creating a fully gender-inclusive set of emoji.

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