Weird order, I know! I felt like doing this one first before 0.2.1.
Sorry for the delay on these! I got kinda absorbed in just making emoji the last two months. Here’s the sketches for the last four releases (each version will be their own individual post).
CW – Most of the emoji here are food and alcohol emoji.
0.2.2 is a bird-focused update:
- Lots of new bird emoji!
- 4 more claw hands (the claw hands are now complete!)
- Improved western_dragon emoji
- eastern_dragon emoji
- Some other small improvements here and there.
Like with all the current updates this season, this won’t be the only update with birds in it, but it’s a big start :).
you can get it here as usual E: -> mutant.tech/use
Mutant Standard 0.2.1
For the next few months, I’m going to put my attention towards animals, nonhumans and humans, starting with animals.
0.2.1 introduces a bunch of new furry animals and almost completes the paw hand set!!! (30/31 to be exact)
It also introduces the rest of the Unicode hearts. E:
You can get them here: mutant.tech/use
Mutant Standard S1
The other day, I made a bunch of novelty thinking emoji and shared them on Mastodon, and thus the idea of making ‘special’ releases was born.
Special releases is a space for occasional memes and dumb bullshit. Like VIP emoji, they are shortcode-only.
You can get them here: mutant.tech/use/#special
So, all of the major emoji vendors have now redesigned the gun emoji to look like a squirt gun, while Mutant Standard hasn’t made any gun emoji yet. I had been asked about my opinion on this and what I plan on doing and I talked about it on Discord. Here’s a blog post summarising those thoughts.
Clearly, I don’t have any issues with the corporations deciding to slant away from Unicode Specification – Mutant Standard does that liberally and I’ve talked about why I believe that is fine to great length. But I do have problems in other regards.
I feel that the rationale for these decisions is mostly a PR move – American companies don’t want to be associated with gun violence in the American political climate, and that’s understandable, but also what often missing in this discussion is that this decision is only for them.
This move is a disneyfication. It does not erase the horror or the reality of mass shootings or racially-biased police brutality in the US. Nor does it erase the many Americans who have pernicious ideas about gun violence, nor does it erase the lobbying that prevents scientific investigation and systemic changes that might be able to help this. (And there’s also the racist relationship between gun control legislation and black and brown people owning firearms which often goes ignored.)
These companies are some of the most powerful corporate entities in the world, and if they wanted, they could lobby and use their political money and power for change. They could even just have a meaningful dialogue about it instead of vaguely pointing to ‘company values’. But they aren’t interested in taking a stand or making a real contribution to any real issue in the cultural or political sphere, so they change a gun emoji to a squirt gun instead.
It’s like the pointed peach – if you change the emoji, you can make that particular form of communication appear nonexistent without having to engage with it at all. I wouldn’t necessarily mind the squirt gun if they had a dialogue about it and actually contributed something to the world, but they refuse to. And on these kinds of principles, (as opposed to just immature psuedo-free speech narratives) i think the squirt gun is a fucked up thing to do.
But is making a gun emoji okay, and is it okay now, in this current situation?
I think making a gun emoji is probably fine, and maybe Mutant Standard will eventually be one of the few emoji sets that will end up having a gun. I want people to be able to responsibly talk about and communicate about violence (beyond the childish mythos of the ‘good guy’ and the ‘bad guy’), keeping in mind it also exists beyond the aesthetics of physical violence. I also want people to have guns for RPG purposes (and more guns than just a pistol because that would be fun for RPGs).
That being said, I also don’t think it’s right to do it now in the current political climate in the US. I don’t want to be seen as the validator of certain certain culturally negative groups of people who are agitated by the situation in the wake of the Parkland shooting and actively seek validation (even though Mutant Standard’s open embrace and support of certain minorities should probably prevent that to some degree). Regardless of what I intend the gun to be, my decisions have cultural consequences beyond my intent.
So yeah, at least for the meantime, Mutant Standard just won’t have a gun. If it does, it probably won’t be a squirt gun.
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!
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. 💚
You can finally make one-time donations via PayPal:
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!
This is a personal update. It’s explaining what is going on in my life because as many of you probably know, things haven’t been good and also there’s something important about the project that I need to mention.
This is gonna get pretty heavy and mention poor mental health and abuse.
More merch is now available, and there’s a new store too, Society6!
- Patterns like peaches/eggplants, pineapples and paw hands.
- Cybre/tech emoji
- New pride flag
- Backpacks, Duffel Bags Beach Towels, Full-Print Shirts, Leggings and more!
- Mutant Standard stickers if you wanna show your support for the project!
You can find both stores at https://mutant.tech/merch.
I’d recommend checking both stores as the selections differ.
Thank you for your support and patience again. It’s still been a pretty bad month for me, and there was so much about this wave of merch that took a lot longer than expected because I was getting into new media and processes which I’ve never really done before.
I’ll talk about some of my experiences and give tips about making merch in a future blog post.
- Every picture of each file is a snapshot of that file of how it is viewed in Affinity Designer (so you can see each emoji artboard and it’s title).
- You can click on each picture to get a bigger version.
- The captions underneath each picture are the filenames of that sketch file. They’re not always the most descriptive (lol).
- Dates of sketches are the date they started, not the date they finished.
- Progressions go from top -> bottom, left -> right. I often use arrows to show progression when it’s not that obvious.
- [M] means that that particular emoji design is going to the Master File (or at least that’s what I think at that moment in time).
- I do a lot of freehand notes around the emoji iterations to give me an idea of how I’m feeling about them.
- Some of the pictures might be a bit misleading because for some things (like some colour choices and CMs), I don’t actually make little iterations to demonstrate where I started and where I finished because it would take too long to copy, paste, edit, repeat, etc.. So i just iterate over the same images.
Okay, read below the cut to see all the sketches!