World Emoji Day: 4 young Mumbaikars speak their mind with icons they created

Updated: Jul 17, 2018, 10:21 IST | Dalreen Ramos | Mumbai

On World Emoji Day, four young Mumbai artists speak their mind with icons they specially created to celebrate the day

thou shall not mess around with your colleague's facebook account
thou shall not mess around with your colleague's facebook account

Siddharth Bhatia

Siddharth Bhatia

"To be honest, I rarely use emojis." Although Siddharth Bhatia, 23, is quick to make that statement, he does give them some credit for making conversations more animated.

thou shall return your colleague's stationery
thou shall return your colleague's stationery

A designer in an ad agency, Bhatia has created a series, The Ten Commandments of an Agency Fella, inspired by everyday experiences at the workplace.

 thou shall not gloat about leaving early when your colleagues have to stay late
thou shall not gloat about leaving early when your colleagues have to stay late

"It plays on stereotypes and contemporary problems of an employee, and expresses those emotions in a quirky way," he explains.

thou shall not 'reply all' to HR emails
thou shall not 'reply all' to HR emails

Thou shall not wait impatiently for your order at the reception
Thou shall not wait impatiently for your order at the reception

Find his work: @siddychan on Instagram

Panisthi Vora

Panisthi Vora

"This is the only kind of pot that makes us think." Panisthi Vora, 20, best explains her creation, Thinkpot, as a humourous but honest take on the amount of time we spend using technology while on the pot. "It is something that all of us do. My idea is just to say that when someone texts, What's up? or What do you plan on doing when you get home? send an emoji instead," she says. Vora questions how long one minute actually is. She replies, "Depends on which side of the door you're on."

Thuinking pot
Thinking pot

Find her work: @panisthi_vora on instagram

Keya Shah

Keya Shah

In 2017, Collins Dictionary named fake news as one of the words of the year. Keya Shah, 22, feels that recognising fake news, which is making its way through and around messaging apps, elections and democracy is the need of the hour. The illustrator and sketch artist has conceptualised the emoji based on its recurrent use by the US President, Donald Trump.

Fake news
Fake news

"I designed this because its relevance today cannot be overstated. The articles floating online have no credible sources and can be manufactured by a layman to push propaganda. It would be a quick and effective way to point out all the trash being circulated over the web. There are enough of tropical fish and time emojis, so it is time to bring in some real useful and hilarious ones,"
she elaborates.

Find her work: thedoodlesoup.com, @thedoodlesoup on Instagram

Sameer Kulavoor

Sameer Kulavoor

On his favourite emojis for his favourite people

Favourite actor

emoji
Heath Ledger

Favourite leader

emoji
The world needs better leaders

Favourite sportsperson

emoji
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (For his helicopter shot!)

Graphic: Emojipedia

Priyanka Paul

Priyanka Paul

The Internet is a wild, wild place, and for 19-year-old illustrator Priyanka Paul — whose works portray gender and feminist issues — an emoticon can be useful in combat. "I'd want a soap emoji because there isn't one and I often like telling people to wash their mouths with soap after they've been rude on the Internet."

Soap, an emoji by Priyanka Paul

Soap, an emoji by Priyanka Paul

Find her work: @artwhoring on Instagram

The Emoji Story

Although the first emoticon dates back to 1648 in lines of poetry by Robert Herrick, the first emoji was created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita for a mobile-internet platform called i-mode. Emoji is a combination of two Japanese words for picture, 'e', and character, 'moji. The set of 176 icons are now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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