Love in the Time of Emoji

Season 8
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When LOL just isn't enough to respond to a friend's killer joke, emoji are there for you. But for many people, there isn't an emoji to represent them or the things they want to say. This has pushed activists, designers, and straight up regular folks to create their own emoji. It's not as easy an undertaking as you might think, but every now and then one of these new emoji is so innovative it breaks the digital mold and finds itself in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In this episode of Sidedoor, we explore how one groundbreaking emoji is changing digital representation and the future of museum collections.



  • Jennifer 8 Lee, Founder of EmojiNation
  • Andrea Lipps, Contemporary Design Curator at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Evan Bonnstetter, Director of Product Policy for Tinder
  • Keith Broni, Deputy Emoji Officer for Emojipedia
Inter-skintone Couple Emoji © Emojination, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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