Emoji have different interpretations according to the operating system they are in. In Android, we even have different variants according to the phone manufacturer. This, because emoji are Unicode characters, which can then be freely interpreted
This Grimacing Face, which usually denotes nervousness or discomfort, looks like this on different platforms, so that they can see the huge changes that Emoji can make
The most recognized
However, There is a set of Emoji that is much better known to all: those that Apple introduced in iOS. Why Not only because it is a standard on all Apple phones, but because WhatsApp, the arch-popular messenger app, was copying them and using it for many years on Android and iOS.
If you wondered who was in charge of these, because today, through an excellent post on Medium, ngela Guzman, now a designer at Google and then an intern at Apple, was responsible for creating the best-known emojis on the planet. She, along with her mentor – one of the most renowned iconographers, Raymond – were in charge of generating the hundreds of original emojis.
According to Angela:
Shortly after my arrival and meeting the team (oh and riding my bike to work!) They handed me my project. I was still trying to make sense of the task I had just received when someone asked me if I knew what an emoji was.
Well, I didn't know, and at the time, most of the English-speaking world didn't know either. I answered 'no'. All of this will change, of course, as the iPhone will soon popularize them globally by offering an emoji keyboard. Moments later I knew what this Japanese word meant and that I must draw hundreds of them. Just as I was looking down the hall and internally processing, “This is not type or exercise in design, these are simple illustrations, my mentor was assigned to me.
Guzman didn't know much about Raymond at first, and only later would he learn that he was a figure among icon designers:
Raymond taught me everything there was to know about icon design. Little did I know that he, my humble mentor, was one of the best icon designers in the world. In other words, I sat next to one of the best iconographers, I could rummage through his brain until I could get rid of my training wheels, while exchanging stories of our time growing up in South Florida, including our trips to 'Pollo Tropical' in search of amazing bananas. Humility lesson, check.
The First Designed Emoji? Well, the one with the engagement ring:
My first emoji was the engagement ring, and I chose it because it had challenging textures like metal and a faceted gem, difficult to render for a beginner. The metal ring only took me a whole day. Very soon, however, he could do two a day, then three, and so on.
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the original launch of Apple emojis. They were first launched in Japan in November 2008, shortly after my internship at Apple ended. I had no idea that within a few months of completing such a project, it would revolutionize the way our culture was communicated or how emoji would appear physically everywhere. And I mean everywhere: toys, clothing, stickers, candy, music videos, books, jewelry, monuments, movies and everything you've seen.
Do not miss the full article on Medium, it is worth reading.