This update brings a massive redesign to most of the existing smileys, and updates the smilies (mostly) to the latest Unicode 15 spec.
Completely redesigned smileys
A year in the making, 100 existing smilies have been redesigned from scratch to be more expressive and more readable.
I have said a long term goal of mine is to make my smileys among the cutest and most expressive out there and I think I am considerably closer to that goal than I was with the previous designs.
This update adds many new smilies to bring the smileys mostly up to date with the latest Unicode 15 spec. This is with the exception of ‘Face in Clouds’ and ‘Face With Peeking Eye’, which I will try to make for 2024.02. I didn’t have enough time to finish them for this update.
There are also other smiley-adjacent emoji that I want to update in 2024.02 to complete this process, such as cats, alien, etc.
This version also has the first sponsored emoji – where folks can contribute to the project in a new way by buying development time on particular Unicode emoji I haven’t done yet. Thank you to codl, ionchy, tacowolf and moshibar for making these ones possible!
If you’re interested, you can check it out on my Ko-fi!
This redesign helps lay more foundations for future design work set out by the previous two updates: softer, flatter and bolder design work. This new look also embraces edge cropping for a more dynamic appearance that gives me a bit more design space if needed.
I want to try to work towards providing more convenient packages with an eye to better platform adoption in 2024.02 and I was also struggling to grapple with my own interpretations of some fairly vague designs (especially the grinning ones), so I took the opportunity in this redesign to bring shortcodes more in line (although not completely) with how various platforms use them.
This could result in some weird behaviour if changing them out on a Mastodon server, as some of these changes result in a few designs swapping around.
frown_open_mouth(the design for this one is substantially different than the original due to previous confusion over Unicode codepoints)
- Greatly improved text descriptions for smileys, many of which did not have proper text descriptions at all. I didn’t notice this until now, many apologies.