At the present, Unicode has encoded 2666 emoji and around 100 new image-characters are added each year. Although anyone can submit suggestions for new emoji, Unicode’s strict selection process seems way too slow to meet all users’ needs and their criteria severely limit what is possible. What happens if you give users the freedom to design their own symbols?

As part of her research, Stolk has been gathering the coveted icons during hands-on workshops. In these More Moji workshops participants are encouraged and enabled to design emoji they are missing in the Unicode selection. The collection so far features a number of interesting icons that speak of the times we live in. A girl who wore a traditional headscarf designed a hijab emoji, way before this emoji was announced by Unicode. Someone else translated her smartphone-addiction into an emoji. Also a VR glasses emoji, a fangirl emoji and a duckface emoji belong to the collection. After the workshop, users can actually send their coveted emoji via the More Moji sticker app.

The workshops are suitable for all ages. E-mail us for more information.

VPRO’s Eva La Futura did an emoji workshop

Emoji expert booklet for children

Fangirl emoji made during Drongo Festival 2017

Euh emoji made at Volkshotel, Amsterdam

Einstein emoji made during the Cinekid Festival 2017

Stedelijk Museum Workshop for children
Emoji workshop for children @ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, May 2016

Stedelijk Museum - Spaghetti-web
A spaghetti emoji, result of workshop @ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, May 2016

Hijab emoji
A Hijab emoji, result of a workshop at a high school in Amsterdam, January 2016

Van Gogh Museum-web
Emoji workshop @ Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam