Event description

San Francisco Design Week is excited to offer attendees an exclusive free screening of the documentary titled “The Emoji Story”, an award-winning documentary giving you a glimpse into the world of emoji.

The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji’s place as an emerging digital language but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties to identity and inclusion. In THE EMOJI STORY, Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

Can’t get enough about emoji? Join us for the following sessions:

Wednesday, June 9. 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.

Thursday, June 10. How to Design for Emoji Inclusivity panel discussion with Jenny 8. Lee (Co-Founder, Emojination), Yiying Lu (San Francisco Arts Commissioner), and moderated by Paul D. Hunt (Adobe).

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