Mutant Standard 0.2.0

Promo image of mutant standard - all of the new emoji are arranged in a scattered manner around the logo in front of a bright blue background.

This particular update has been a long-time coming, it’s a major step forward for Mutant Standard and it’s required a major overhaul to how Mutant Standard emoji are produced and presented.

Most of this you can thank kiilas for, who is an excellent programmer and so much of this project is indebted to.

The exporter that I’ve been using to get emoji out in all the colours, sizes and formats has been replaced with a brand-new and much more powerful exporter called Orxporter. This will eventually be open source so if you know how to use a command line, you can use this tool too!

Codepoint packages

You can now download packages with codepoint-based filenames. This has been a long time coming and I thank you all for the wait!

You can find them at mutant.tech/use/#other. There are going to be some differences between the selection of emoji in the codepoint packages versus the shortcode because of how encoding works. I’ve written a new FAQ answer regarding that.

You can find the current details on how codepoint encoding is at the moment and how it’s planned for the future in a new dedicated page.

Improved Shortcode packages

‘Shortcode’ is what I’m now using to refer to the releases you all are familiar with (human-readable filenames and an easy to understand folder structure).

All emoji now only use underscores and alphanumeric characters, no more annoying square brackets to fiddle around with!

New emoji

  • Battery level emoji
  • Privacy symbol emoji
  • Red umbrella emoji (symbol of sex workers’ rights)
  • Lots of Unicode Standard food and drink emoji
  • A few other things

Many web improvements

Many pages have been simplified or greatly improved.

There’s a brand new demo page! You can now choose what type of hand emoji and colours you would like to see and it will show you!

 

Many production/internal improvements

A lot of web stuff (like the demo page) generates itself automatically and everything is generally a lot easier to update.

I have a bunch more in-house automation tools to make producing emoji packages way way quicker than it used to be.

All of these things mean I can spend much more time just making emoji.

0.2.1

You can find the notes for 0.2.1 on Trello!

My current thinking is with this release to do even more in-demand unique emoji – so more animals, more fantasy things, more fun objects!

0.2.0, Orxporter, One-Time Donations, Trello

Hey! I’ve been back for a while and posted everywhere else about it but forgot the blog >∆∆<.

Here’s a roundup of the last few weeks:

 

Mutant Standard 0.2.0 + Orxporter

I have some pretty awesome news. Orxporter (the next generation of the script that I use to batch recolour, rename and export emoji) is finally finished enough that I can use it. So the next release of Mutant Standard will be 0.2.0 and will include things like:

– Codepoint releases!
– Better shortcode releases! (better quality releases of the versions you are already used to)
– I will start outlining Mutant Standard’s encoding plans in Unicode’s PUA!
– Some more new emoji!

Orxporter will eventually be available as open source so anyone who can use a CLI can produce emoji like I do~

Thanks very much to kiilas for developing this. Mutant Standard would not be where it is without it. 💚

 

One-Time Donations

You can finally make one-time donations via PayPal:

https://mutant.tech/donate#paypal

Trello

People often ask me what I plan on doing for emoji, so I realised it would probably be a good idea to set something up where my production notes and lists are open to the public so anyone can really get a sense for what I’m thinking about and where I plan on going with things.

I’ve just done that (well, working on it right now) – I’ve made a public Trello at https://trello.com/mutantstandard.

I’m currently in the process of offloading most/all of my notes onto the service (and getting used to how Trello works a bit) so it’s not all there right now. But once this is all set up, this will become my new notes system for the project full-time, so you will be able to get a totally up-to-date view of what’s going on with the project at any time!