Earlier this year, South Korean financial technology company Toss (토스) debuted its own emoji design set. Initially launched with a series of intentionally divergent designs, the set has since been updated to accurately reflect Unicode recommendations, with both of these sets now viewable on Emojipedia.
Toss' emoji set, which the company has dubbed “Toss Face” (토스페이스), is used within the company's financial planning mobile application.
🔀 Divergent Designs
Upon its debut in late February 2022, the Toss Face emoji included a selection of emoji designs that intentionally diverged from Unicode’s recommendations.
Most of these intentionally divergent designs followed one of two broad themes: South Korean cultural representation, and contemporary technologies.
Of the emojis changed to represent Korean culture, the majority were emojis representing Japanese culture.
The contemporary technologies represented included cloud computing, a digital calculator, a tablet, a video call, and various mobile app icons.
Pretty provacative project. South Korean financial app created an emoji font that modified many emoji. Removing their Japanese origins and bringing them out of the 90s. Interoperability would be a serious issue if they were to exist outside of their app 👀 https://t.co/tO0tRcY5LK— Jennifer Daniel (@jenniferdaniel) February 28, 2022
A month after its original release, however, the Toss Face emoji set was updated and these divergent designs were revised to be in line with Unicode’s recommendations.
We have highlighted a selection of the previously-divergent designs below, showing their design from the original Toss Face set alongside their Unicode-compliant revision within the set's March 2022 update.
🍡 Cultural Changes
👘 Kimono now appears as the traditional Japanese garment.
The 🎎 Japanese Dolls are no longer bowing and now clearly show a Japanese Emperor and Empress.
💾 Technological Changes
🧮 Abacus is no longer a digital calculator.
📟 Pager is no longer an app notification icon.
🎼 Musical Score previously displayed a crotchet note within a predominately blue circle icon, reminiscent of a mobile app.
📼 Videocassette no longer displays an online video player.
💾 Floppy Disk was previous a generic cloud save icon.
🫂 People Hugging is no longer a laptop displaying a video call screen.
📠 Fax Machine is no longer a tablet held upright via a stand.
🗾 Map of Japan previously displayed as a generic digital map icon.
🆙 Other Changes
🚩 Triangular Flag was previously a rectangular flag.
The Toss Face emoji set is used within the Toss company's own financial planning mobile application. It has also been made freely available as a font for Apple devices.
On the emoji set's official website, Toss have committed to updating the set frequently. It is therefore quite possible that the emoji set's next update will include support for Emoji 14.0, though it is currently unknown when this update will take place.