How to makewith emoji. Definitely one for the “cool and useless until some company popularizes it in which case it becomes immediately Cancelled Forever” basket.
The story of the team who made iOS’s original emoji icons. Most importantly:
Sometimes our emoji turned out more comical than intended and some have a backstory. For example, Raymond reused his happy poop swirl as the top of the ice cream cone. Now that you know, bet you’ll never forget. No one else who discovered this little detail did either.
This is from a while ago, but I just love how much confusion and investigation went into trying to figure out a mysterious new emoji.
The linked article is also interesting in that it talks about the use of the Zero Width Joiner (ZWJ). Basically, this is the thing you use in order to mash two emoji into one, shiny new undocumented, emoji.
I only updated my phone last night, so only just noticed this. Nice work.