To celebrate World Emoji Day (which seems to be an issue now), Apple and Google have released a preview of the new Emoji, which will be released later this year on their mobile operating systems. The actual themes of the emoji were already announced in February by Unicode. Now we see how they will look in practice.
There are some interesting designs in there. For example, I can not help thinking that Apple's design for a falafel plate looks like a big pile of shit. No human shit and no funny carton-like soft-ice shit like the classic Pile of Poo, but like a dunghill from a farm animal. Especially when viewed in the correct emoji scale of an Instagram comment or an iMessage response. In the meantime, somebody at Google actually ate falafel at some point in their lives and developed a more appropriate design for something to put in their mouths.
However, we have to award the prize for "Best Design for a Stick" of butter "to Apple's effort. I mean, look at it. It looks so delicious that when I see it on a plate in a restaurant I'm tempted to eat it like a big bar of chocolate. The design of Google has neither the same appeal nor is it immediately recognizable.
When it comes to animals, the designs of Apple and Google really have different energies. For example, Google's orangutan looks confused, but Apple is busy doing orangutan stuff. In addition, Google's skunk looks super flippant, which does not bother me, except for the fact that its characteristic feature literally produces the worst odor imaginable .
The most important feature of this emoji release is the new, comprehensive designs for people with disabilities, some of which were first proposed by Apple last year. These include wheelchair users, people with sticks, guide dogs, hearing aids and prostheses. The emoji for people who hold hands also contain a wider selection of skin tones.
The new Emoji designs will be released later this year for iOS and Android.