Redesigning Android Emoji

Google Emoji
May 18, 2017 · 6 min read
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Learn how Google reimagined over 2,000 emoji characters — all in the interest of expression.

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Examples of the redesigned people emoji

Transitioning to new emoji

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We changed the animal set from a variety of styles to a single unified look for heads and bodies alike.

Creating a new design system

Shape system

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Bye bye blobs! Hello emotive squishy circles.

Grid system

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Emoji are designed on a single grid to maximize readability and consistency.
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We used the grid to create angle and scale standards. In Android N (top row), the animals’ postures, angles, and styles were inconsistent.

Reusable components

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Reusable emoji expression components cover a wide range of emotions.
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We shared many of the eye and mouth components between the expression and animal emoji.

Color

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Colors reinforce emotion
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Gradients and tonal strokes ensure emoji are legible across any background color.
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The new color system unifies the emoji set.

69 New Emoji

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A sampling of the 69 new emoji.

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Thanks to Agustin Fonts and Bryn Smith

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@rachelbeen and @agustin_fonts write about emoji at Google

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Stories by Googlers on the people, product, and practice of UX at Google. For editorial content and more visit design.google

Google Emoji

Written by

@rachelbeen and @agustin_fonts write about emoji at Google

Google Design

Stories by Googlers on the people, product, and practice of UX at Google. For editorial content and more visit design.google

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