Continuing with my tradition of making blog posts about why certain emoji that are in the Unicode Standard are not and will never be in Mutant Standard, I have decided to talk about the very first few emoji I decided to exclude – police and border patrol.
With police, I’m mainly bullet pointing this because it’s really depressing and I only have enough emotional energy for one of them, and borders seemed like the better choice because I have my own long personal story.
This is quite a long post and it’s going to go to some dark places.
Continue reading “Police and Border Patrol emoji – The Mutant Standard view”
Orxporter – the software that’s used to batch recolour and export all of Mutant Standard’s emoji – is now open source!
Continue reading “Orxporter is now open source!”
Happy halloween!~ This release contains fun new objects, furry emoji and more as well as introducing a bunch of exciting new package types and some unexpected technical improvements.
Continue reading “Mutant Standard 0.3.1”
CW: the generic state of world politics, violence, a degree of pessimism.
Continue reading “Permanence, negligence, IDK”
The prototypes for the sticker sheets came the other day, and I’m very happy with them!
Continue reading “Sticker Sheet Prototypes – Photos and Thoughts”
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.
Continue reading “Why Unicode emoji isn’t (and shouldn’t be) a reliable communication mechanism”
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”
(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.
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”