Adobe, a US-based graphics, and media software company, has released a remarkable research report on emoji diversity. The data showed that 83 percent of respondents said emoji characters could be represented more inclusively.
About half of respondents in the survey, which included a total of 7,000 people, shared that they felt their identities adequately reflected their existing emoji characters. Only 37 percent of users with disabilities said existing emojis represented their personality. Also, the vast majority of respondents said they believed emojis were an important means of communication, despite many shortcomings.
In Adobe’s report covering emoji users, 78 percent of respondents said more customization options should be added. Among the main shortcomings in emojis were options such as hairstyles, hair colors, accessories, body type, and eye color options.
Adobe gears up for new emojis
As a result of its report, Adobe has highlighted its partnership with Emojination, an adobe company that wants to expand its emoji library further. The two firms said they would cover significant shortcomings such as interracial relations, headscarves, and local clothing.
Jennifer Lee, the co-founder of Emojination, said they cared deeply about Adobe’s support; At the same time, he stated that their cooperation for character representations was seen as very productive. He also announced that they will continue to support the development of new emojis that will cover everyone globally, including virtual screenings, community events, workshops, and more of the documentary The Emoji Story, which they are collaborating with Adobe.
Apple has also been steadily increasing its emoji characters since 2015. The emoji library created by the company covers a wide range of active origins but also represents different relationships and gender identities.