Language in the Time of Emoji

Emojis and Design as Language



ONLINE: 12/11, 2 PM ET – 5 PM ET / 1 PM CT – 4 PM CT 

SLIDING SCALE $50 – $100

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Join us for a workshop with Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz as they dive into the language of emojis and design! The alphabet of emojis is decided by the Unicode Consortium, an internet standards group and is largely made up of corporations that crowdsources a “universal standard” for all emojis. How does this impact our writing and our imagined worlds? How can we create our own digital alphabets that are better at representing our experiences?

This workshop is meant for writers and creative people who’d like to explore new ways to incorporate emoji and technology into their work. We’ll talk about the role emojis play in our lives and the many ways we use them as language for storytelling. Emoji and other graphics-oriented technology are increasingly visible forms of expression in literature, for example, America is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo, and popular culture such as comics and media, for example, Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project.

We’ll also discuss how emojis are represented in literature and media, especially highlighting design and emojis in Southeast Asia. Myeong Hong Hurwitz and Arlene Ducao will be discussing their corresponding podcast, The Great Tit is a Bird.

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Nov 30 2021


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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