Jennifer is a former The New York Times reporter and currently the CEO of a literary studio Plympton. She is passionate about publishing, and she found out that emojis are defined and regulated by an organization called the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that oversees the Unicode standard and determines what emoji are added.
In December, we started a Kickstarter as Emojination to fund our campaign to join the Unicode Consortium, whose members include Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and other technology companies, as well as government agencies and the University of California, Berkeley. We were funded in just over 2 days, with supported by many amazing people: including Eddie Huang, founder of Baohouse and author of “Fresh Off the Boat.”; Tim Wu, Columbia Law professor who invented “Net Neutrality”; Amanda Bennett, former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and former China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal; Kenny Lao, Author of “Hey There, Dumpling!” and Co-Founder Rickshaw Dumpling Bar and Trucks, and so on.
The Dumpling Emoji campaign also gain a lot of love and attention from the press NBC, TIME, ABC 7 News Bay Area, Public Radio International, National Post, China Daily, China News, Mic, and so on.
Folks at the Unicode Consortium were excited about our Dumpling Emoji campaign. The standard emoji proposal submission has to include a well-written proposal which explains the historical and cultural significance of the proposed the emoji; as well as the visual design of the proposed emoji. Jennifer took care of the words, and I took care of the artwork. The committee send their feedbacks for the design refinement: since none of the food emojis is not personified 🍔 🍕 🌮 🍣 🍰 🍩 🍚 🍜, it was suggested to have a faceless dumpling.
For me personally, I still like it with the face very much … I mean look at 💩 emoji — it is fun to have emojis making direct eye contact with the users. Yet it is more important to keep the consistency with the existing food emoji family. Later, the Unicode Consortium emoji committees send their final feedback, requested to have a 45 degree angled dumpling design. to keep the consistency with a lot of other food emojis such as 🌭 🌮 🌯 🍫 🍕 🍭 🍡 After many sketches, I came up with the final design: Can you spot it below?