openmoji is an attempt to develop the first comprehensive open-source emoji and icon library from a designers point of view.
openmoji started with the question
“why the design community apparently leaves the design of the new visual emoji language only to the big tech companies gafa?”
and seem not to care how billions of people are perceiving those most viewed icons of all time. the project was then initially developed as a semester course by interaction and communication design students of the hochschule für gestaltung schwäbisch gmünd.
why is the design of new emoji left to tech giants?
emoji break language barriers and make communication of emotions more efficient and have become an important part of our daily communication worldwide. too important to be left out of their users hands. OpenMoji is an open source emoji library and an attempt to democratize emoji. everyone is invited to submit new emoji and improve the library.
apart from our style guide many other things had to be prepared for this project to succeed. such as gathering a list of emoji to be included, creating use cases, social media presence, creating our project website ...
on top of that every student created a block of emoji with the help of the style guide.
this project was different than most other courses. instead of each team working on independent projects, here all teams were responsible for a smaller part of our bigger project. this meant communication and coordination - not just in each team - but also between teams was more important than ever.
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