The Interracial Couple as a Crash Course in Emoji

Speakers

"Where THE F*** is our INTERRACIAL COUPLE EMOJI ?!?!?! ๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพ"
"Hello @Apple please get your s*** together and get us an interracial couple emoji before my girl gets mad."

Social media is full of indignant complaints about the "missing" interracial couple emoji. But it's a really hard problem to tackle โ€” one where Tinder teamed up with Emojination, a grassroots group whose motto is "emoji by the people for the people," to work with Unicode Consortium to make it happen.

The interracial couple emoji is a fascinating case study for (almost) everything you need to know about the element in emoji approval process โ€”ย Unicode, public demand, skin tones, tech companies, and user interface conundrums.

Learn how you can take play a role in the emoji approval process.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Design
Level: Beginner