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Two New Projects Show Off the Excellence and Versatility of Emoji

Rob Walker
Tech Columnist
April 24, 2014

As established here previously, we are currently living through an emoji moment — emojimoment? Emoment? Ejoment? Whatever.

Point is, the digital world right now is crazy for emoji — the “picture characters” that blur the line between emoticons and expressive illustration. If you don’t believe me, consider the convergence of two new projects.

First: Every Emoji, a dedicated website that presents a looping animation of just what it says on the tin. That is, you’ll see (purportedly) every existing emoji, unfolding one after another, and rather brilliantly sequenced by shape and form, in an infinite-loop animation.

It’s a weirdly satisfying stunt. And, you know, it’s all the emoji.

Or is it?

At practically the same time I learned about Every Emoji, I also learned about this Vine: 100 New Emojis. It’s a machine-gun-fire collection of, again, what it says on the tin — absurd renditions of emoji-style symbols representing notions such as “A Spectre Rises From A Seven Layer Fiesta Dip” and “Horny Moon.”

Are these useful additions to the emoji lexicon? No, they are not. But they are pretty funny, and they make a broader point: There is no such thing as all the emoji.

Hm, “No such thing as all the emoji.” That would actually be a good emoji!

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