Emojipedia is the body in charge of documenting the different emojis and their meanings. This space was created in 2013 by Jeremy Burge, connoisseur and fan of these graphics.
The entity is a member of the Unicode Consortium, an NGO responsible for the development and adoption of an encoding standard designed to facilitate the transmission of texts in different languages.
Important technology companies are part of this group, which is also made up of independent people, educational institutions and researchers. In short, canyone who appears before them and can demonstrate that they seek to contribute to the objective of this entity.
Anyone can propose emojis and submit them to the Unicode Consortium, which, in this sense, functions as a “Royal Academy of Emojis”.
And it is that they are in charge of evaluating the proposals and deciding which graphics will be part of this new universal language.
The page details how to present the proposal, which, among other things, must include the graphic, its meaning and relevance to be considered.
The emoji is put to a vote and must pass several instances. Every year new emojis are selected and incorporated, which, starting in June, begin to arrive on the different platforms that incorporate them in different variants.
A little history
The first emojis (meaning “graphics” and “characters” in Japanese) were created in the 1990s by Shigetaka Kurita. The Japanese engineer developed icons for iMode, the mobile internet platform for the telephone company NTT Docomo.
The goal was to create a simple form of communication to share information, and so Kurita presented 176 emojis, which are currently part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Back then it was 12×12 pixel graphics, because that was all that could fit on cell phone screens back then.. Over time, mobile phones grew in size and added quality.
With these advances in hardware also came more possibilities in the world of software and creativity accompanied by a wide variety of emojis, graphics that today are part of everyday language.