Ginger emoji now exist, the world is saved

23 Jun 2015

Ginger emoji, the one thing missing from the world of communications, have just been created, rendering every other technological invention to date far less important.

Swyft Media has released its own suite of ginger emoji, helping to represent the redheads around the world.

The “ginger keyboard”, which is available on Android and iOS right now, includes 16 different emoji. There are love heart eyes, a winking face, someone who looks angry and even that ginger lad from Harry Potter.

“Basically everyone else is represented from the hair colour spectrum, but gingers were inexplicably left out,” said Evan Wray, Swyft Media co-founder.

Ginger Emoji Range

Swyft Media’s full range of ginger characters

It has actually been a bit of a big 2015 for emoji. Last November, the Unicode Consortium — the organisation that writes the codes that become emoji — shaped what would happen this year when it announced it was opening up these picture symbols to the racial diversity of the world.

So, in February, Apple’s OS X update took that on, offering a radically redesigned emoji suite with skin tone modifiers and same-sex couples. That update came on stream in April, with gingers, notably, absent from the range.

Then in May, reports surfaced that Microsoft would be the first tech company to embrace the coarse realities of a stressful life, introducing a ‘middle finger emoji’ with its upcoming Windows 10 update.


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Other emoji alterations — like a new relieved face, a triumphant face that looks madly frustrated and a new, sassier information desk lady — are in line for a Microsoft 10 release, too. Matching Apple’s approach, a new hand gesture reflective of the Vulcan salute in Star Trek will also be added.

Then, last week 37 new emoji were added to the suite by Unicode, including incredibly important things like a lion’s face, prayer beads, a volleyball and a taco.

You can even use emoji for logins now.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic