Following Unicode’s acknowledgement of the need for a redhead emoji back in January, we are now several steps along the chain of getting ginger characters on our smartphones!
The latest development in the implementation of ginger emojis came this week, when Jeremy Burge, Chief Emoji Officer at Emojipedia and member of Unicode’s Emoji Subcommittee tweeted one of the stages of redhead emoji mock-ups:
Redheads 🙌 pic.twitter.com/sjHbGRLJ3m
— Jeremy Burge 🐥 (@jeremyburge) May 17, 2017
As you can see, these characters are delightfully based on Jessica Chastain and Ed Sheeran, who are both excellent choices to model the new ginger emojis on, we think you’ll agree.
Along with redheads, Unicode are also exploring options for other ‘naturally occurring hair features’, including curly hair, white hair, and baldness, as detailed in a recent report. It stated: “Requests for representation of red hair in emoji have been ongoing, yet prove a challenge to address due to a number of competing implementation options.”
The question of implementation is whether to simply create and add standalone ginger emojis (one male, one female) or to import a modifier that can be applied to all existing emojis that already give different hair colour options, such as brunette, blonde and grey.
The discussion continues, but we can all agree that whichever method is used, it’s important to remember…GINGER EMOJIS ARE COMING!
[Images: Joshua Jones]