The prototypes for the sticker sheets came the other day, and I’m very happy with them!
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.
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.
(UPDATE 2018.10.21 – My account has now been closed by Liberapay support.)
Hey, just to let you know, I’m going to close the Liberapay account… as soon as Liberapay lets me.
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.
Okay, here’s the next round of sketches!!!!
Here are a couple of outcomes from me thinking about stuff the past week or so…
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.
Here are all the sketches from 0.2.4, and a very long commentary. I am now making notes as I’m making the emoji, so giving you commentary is more efficient more detailed, and less scary to post at the end of a version because I have all the content already available.
Remember, sketch file names are just the date they were begun, so there will be disjointedness from file to file. Enjoy!