I have recently read a couple of posts about food emoji and really wanted to learn about how an emoji goes from an idea to a pictograph on my phone and why there are only 82 food emoji. The Unicode Consortium Emoji Subcommittee makes decisions about adding new emoji. Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. The standard is maintained by the Unicode Consortium. The first emoji were created in 1999 in Japan for cellphone users. It was a way to express something in a single character when text messages were limited to 60 to 140 characters. Emoticons, not be to be confused with emoji, first appeared in 1982. iemoji.com is a great site to learn more about the world of emoji.
The more I read about Unicode and the consortium, the more confused I became. I felt like I was reading a foreign language written in English. But I did find out how you can submit a proposal for a new emoji. Not all submissions are approved, here’s a tumblr of emoji rejected by the Emoji Subcommittee. If you are curious about how an emoji is expressed across platforms and social media sites take a look at emojopedia.org.