Emoji: Personal is Political

Emoji: Personal is Political
Paul Hunt

Workshop at Letterform Archive
Offered by Type@Cooper West
Sat–Sun, Jun 9–10, 2018

You probably know emoji as the cute, colorful pictures used to personalize your digital messaging. What if you could make them even more expressive by creating your own unique emoji font? This workshop will give you the skills and information to do exactly that.

In addition to general design considerations, we will be discussing some philosophical concerns and how our personal identity politics color our approach to emoji design. We will explore a full spectrum of artistic expression in emoji representations—from highly personal interpretations to collaborative attempts to depict idealized, universal forms.

The focus of this workshop will be on the more fun aspects of emoji creation: conceptualization and hands-on design. The ultimate goal will be to produce a limited, communal emoji font (SVG format) that can be used in design applications. Limited instruction will be provided on the technical aspects of compiling color fonts, however guidance will be provided to participants on how to continue development on their own emoji projects.

Required Materials
  • Laptop
  • input device (mouse, tablet, &c.)
  • ✒ vector graphics application (Illustrator preferred)
  • Type design application (RoboFont preferred)

A workshop offered by Type@Cooper West, a collaboration between Letterform Archive and The Cooper Union Continuing Education Department, and held in the Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive.

About Paul Hunt
Paul Hunt portrait

Paul D. Hunt began their type career digitizing and extending typefaces for P22 Type Foundry in 2004. Paul continued their type journey at the University of Reading, UK, receiving a Masters degree with Merit in 2008. Paul joined Adobe in 2009 as a typeface designer and font developer.

At Adobe, Paul has led the development of type families for India’s top ten languages and designed Adobe’s first open source families: Source Sans and Source Code. Paul is an Adobe representative to the Unicode consortium and participates on its Emoji Subcommittee, advocating for better gender representation within emoji.