Inclusion Days: Emojis as Digital Language
Inclusion days_ Emojis as Digital Language (1)
Emojis have become a part of our digital language. We use emojis to relay messages, express emotions, sling slang.
Anyone can submit a proposal to the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Subcommittee for a new emoji. Only a few are accepted.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the roles emojis play in our lives and communication, how we make meaning with and from emojis. We’ll imagine emojis that represent our personal experiences, cultures, and lives. We’ll learn about the Unicode Consortium and internet standards and ask questions about who proposes emojis, judges proposals, and determines what becomes an emoji.
Participants will leave with practical information about how to propose emojis and deeper understanding of internet standards and how a more inclusive internet can be encoded.