I often hear a particular undercurrent of attitudes or beliefs when I hear various discussions about Unicode codepoints and Unicode emoji symbols, and to me, as an illustrator and a designer (ie. a visual communicator), and someone who is trying to navigate their place in the world of languages, I find that these attitudes usually come from a place of privilege, and/or a lack of knowledge about how graphic communication actually works.
I think the notion that Unicode Emoji is something that can be permanent, stable and reliable, doesn’t make sense and isn’t realistic. And even if you could make it that way, that’s not a situation anyone should actually want.
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Hey, this is a little thing to give anyone doing development work with Mutant Standard emoji an advance warning for 0.3.1, which is currently expected to be released late October.
This alert only applies to codepoint packages.
Continue reading “Advance Dev Alert – 0.3.1 Codepoint Package Changes”
Hey, just to let you know, I’m going to close the Liberapay account… as soon as Liberapay lets me.
Continue reading “I’m closing the Liberapay account.”
Endless, endless testing.
0.3.0 was partly a new emoji update, but also just trying to tie up more loose ends for the future. I wanted to be super-satisfied with various core elements of the aesthetic and design philosophy so I could move on with bigger changes and more new emoji without feeling like I have things left behind or unresolved design issues.
It also means that updating Telegram sticker sets and merch would be easier because existing designs won’t keep continually changing from version to version.
I was not prepared for how many sketches I had to publish for this.
Continue reading “0.3.0 sketches”
Here are a couple of outcomes from me thinking about stuff the past week or so…
Continue reading “Things I’ve thought about for the near future”
Hey, I’m going to break away from normal emoji release schedule for a short while to do a few things that need to be done, both with the project and personally. I also need to think about how I can approach this project in a way that will make the production of certain emoji easier and so this project fits into my life better.
Continue reading “Housekeeping”
0.3.0 represents a significant step forward in getting your gay, furry and weird emoji anywhere. It also includes a much bigger (and more permanent) range of colour modifiers and many design improvements designed to improve the readability of many existing emoji.
Continue reading “Mutant Standard 0.3.0”