Yesterday afternoon, the Unicode Consortium published a list of 250 new Emoji that they hope Google, Apple, Twitter and the rest will all come to embrace. Spiders! Middle fingers! “Man in business suit levitating”!
The problem? Except for a tiny handful of exceptions, the list of what’s to come was just a pile of text sans visual examples. When we’re talking about emoji, who wants to see a big ol’ list of words with their dumb ol’ letters? What are we supposed to do with that? Read? This is the future! Reading is for squares! We demand all media in the form of 12 second looping videos and GIFs!
The Unicode Consortium generally provides Apple/Google/et al. with example icons, and they’ve just updated their example library with all of the new characters. These example charts have two purposes: to serve as an inspiration/foundation for any artists tasked with creating icons for each of the newly proposed characters, and to explain what the heck the characters with ambiguous names like “Three Rays Right” or “Right Anger Bubble” might be.
For the rest of us, though, it’s just an easier at-a-glance look at all of the new emoji.
You can see the full chart here. The newly added Emoji are those highlighted in yellow.
(Also interesting to note is that, unlike with the previously published list, the example chart provides secondary descriptions and reasoning for some of the more random-seeming icons. The “Man in business suit levitating” we’ve all taken a few cracks at, for example, was introduced because there’s no good emoji for “jumping”.)