The ninth annual World Emoji Day is just nine days away, as part of our global hosting duties Emojipedia will be debut a series of interview-focused videos exploring emojis from several different angles, together titled "Emojis Across The World".
Editors Note: the first of our Emojis Across The World videos is now live, and can be viewed below:
The topics that will be addressed are as follows:
- 🌎🌍🌏 The Global Emoji Experience: Expressions, Identities & Cultures in our Emoji Keyboards
- 🤔📚🎓 Emoji University: the growing academic research on emojis as a communication method
- 💡📋📲 Making An Emoji: the Emoji proposal process
- 💀🧢🚩 Emojis, Slang, Memes: Rapport, Repurposing & Virality
These videos, the first of which will debut on Emojipedia's YouTube channel ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17, will feature contributions from a variety of emoji experts and afficinados from across the globe.
In alphabetical order, our contributing experts and afficinados are:
👈🤳 Agnese Sampietro PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Jaume I University. From Italy, she lives in Spain though is presently on a research stay at the University of Münster in Germany. She has published academic papers on emoji-based humor 😂🤣 and cultural differences in kissing emoji use 😙😘😽
👈🤳 Alex King PhD is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. From the United States, she resides in Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief of Aesthetics for Birds (AFB), a platform for dicussions on aesthetics and philosophy of art ✨🖼️
👈🤳 Dr Alexander Robertson is an emoji researcher who recently completed a doctoral programme in University of Edinburgh UK which focused on emoji skin tone modifiers as an expression of identity on Twitter ✋🏼✋🏽✋🏿
👈🤳 Alfredo Perez is the creator of the Sandstorm Meme Maker app, available for Android devices via the Google Play Store. From Spain, he lives in Norway 🏜️🌪️📲
👈🤳 Daniel Hånberg Alonso is a Swedish emoji expert and author of “Emoji - En historia om känslor, bajs och ett gult leende” ("Emoji - A story about emotions, poop and a yellow smile") 💞💩😃
👈🤳 Jenny 8. Lee is a co-founder of EmojiNation, a producer of The Emoji Story documentary, and co-author of the upcoming “The Hanmoji Handbook: Your Guide to the Chinese Language Through Emoji” 🥟🎥📖
👈🤳 Melissa Thermidor is a Senior Internet Advertising and Media Specialist, a Programme Director for The Open University, and a frequent emoji proposal writer with EmojiNation. She is from Brooklyn and now lives in London 🫀🩸🩺
👈🤳 Neil Cohen PhD is Associate Professor at the center for Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University. From the United States, he lives in the Netherlands and is the author of “The Visual Language of Comics” and “Who Understands Comics?” 😮💨
👈🤳 Sanjaya Wijeratne PhD is an emoji researcher and co-founder of the International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media. From Sri Lanka, he lives in the United States 💻🔬📲
👈🤳 Dr Sarah Wiseman is a researcher of Human Computer Interaction that has a specialization in emoji repurposing. She resides in the United Kingdom 🎏🍕🐧
🥳 Other World Emoji Day Events
This year's World Emoji Day is shaping up to the biggest one yet, and our Emojis Around The World video series is only just one part of the celebrations.
To keep up with what is happening in the leadup to July 17, use the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag or follow the official accounts run by the Emojipedia team:
And to get involved, consider voting in the World Emoji Awards, currently tallying the Most 2022 Emoji to be announced on July 17 itself.
We asked which *single* emoji you feel best sums up the year so far, and we've pulled together the responses as your nominees.— World Emoji Awards 🗳🌍🏆 (@EmojiAwards) July 5, 2022
Now, it's back to you to help pick a winner. Here's a look at the bracket with your options!
We'll be voting between now and #WorldEmojiDay!⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XSAcWOUoHn