Did You Know: A Colombian Immigrant Helped Create Your Favorite Emojis For The U.S.


Technology has made so much impact in the world we live in. For example, the emoji is perhaps one of the most abundantly used creations of the past decade. From emails to texts to DMs, chances are you use emojis regularly in your everyday personal and private lives. Though they’re such a big influence on the modern world, we’ve never really wondered who created the humble emoji.

That is, until today.

Designer Angela Guzman recently sat down with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa to talk about her hand in the creation of emojis.

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Though she has made such a substantial mark on our culture, Guzman came from modest beginnings. She was born in Colombia but moved to Florida as a child. In the segment of “How I Made It,” Guzman explained the difficulty she had communicating while learning English as a child.

“When I moved from Bogatá to Miami, I did not speak a word of English,” she explained. “I remember entering my classroom full of kids and not being able to connect with anyone.”

Though this was difficult and isolating, Guzman used her natural talent to overcome.

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“What I ended up doing was actually relying on my drawings skills that I had developed before moving. And kind of communicating with my teachers and my classmates through pictures.”

This struggle would leave a big impression on Guzman. Of the experience, she says:

“I noticed immediately the power that an image can have on someone even though you don’t speak the same language.”

In the podcast, Guzman says that this experience is what encouraged her to pursue a career in graphic design.

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In 2008, while looking for internship opportunities, the Latina decided to apply with Apple, Inc. At the end of her internship, Guzman was hired by the company. However, one of her first projects was a daunting one.

She was assigned to help convert and redesign nearly 500 of the original Japanese emojis. The goal was to create images that would be more appealing and better customized to Western audiences.

Though Guzman’s experience made her a great asset for this project, there was still one problem: she had never heard of an emoji until then.

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“At the time, the word emoji was not super known,” she explained. “It’s a Japanese term and so I didn’t actually know what the word meant.”

When it was explained to her that the icons were meant to express feelings and emotions, Guzman totally understood. Even though the project was a large one with many entries, Guzman was thrilled to get to designing.

When it came time to start, Guzman chose to first draw an emoji that she felt an instant connection with.

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“That’s why I started with the engagement ring,” Guzman confesses.

As an undergraduate, the designer had studied industrial design. She felt comfortable rendering metals because of this background. However, she felt more than a bit challenged when it came to the diamond.

Guzman was also inspired by real life items. As she explains in the podcast episode, she would visit the grocery store and examine fruit before rendering. The textures and details, she says, are what give the emojis their unique aesthetic.

In all, Guzman believes she and her mentor, Raymond Sepulveda, have left their personalities on the emojis they created.

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“For example, when [Raymond] made the happy poop swirl,” Guzman describes. “Pretty soon he created the icecream cone and plopped the swirl — the happy poop — into the cone.”

Creative rendering aside, it’s no doubt that this Colombiana’s work has made a cultural impact. Emojis are now used in phone games, sold as merchandise, have their own movie and have become an entire language of their own.

So, next time you send that eggplant emoji, spare a second to acknowledge the cultural significance of Angela Guzman and her emojis.

We Should Carry The Same Energy As These Latinas Texting Their Boyfriends To Make D Appointments At Their Convenience


We Should Carry The Same Energy As These Latinas Texting Their Boyfriends To Make D Appointments At Their Convenience

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We all know how hectic our day-to-day schedules can be. Between work, errands, and other every-day responsibilities, it can feel unreasonably difficult to find time to have some spontaneous sexy fun with your boo. Busy ladies know that, sometimes, the best way to go about fitting-in some much-needed hanky-panky time is to schedule it with your partner.

Not only is sex then a sure-thing rather than an “if-we’re-not-both-too-tired”-thing, it also fills the hours leading up to sex with excitement and anticipation–which is almost as hot as the act itself.

No one gets the idea of “sex appointments” better than Twitter user @baby_b0nes.

On May 28th, @baby_b0nes shared a cute and funny interaction with her boyfriend when she texted him for a “dick appointment”. She then shared the tweet with her 10,00 followers and the post quickly went viral, racking up almost 4,000 replies, 54,000 likes, and almost 8,000 retweets.

After @baby_b0nes called her followers to action, users across the Twitterverse shared their SOs’ responses to their texts inquiring about “dick appointments”. To much the delight of Twitter-users everywhere, responses ranged from goofy and playful to surprisingly professional.

Some boyfriends got extremely creative with their responses:

Sometimes, all the medicine you need is some one-on-one romantic time.

While some men were a little confused, to say the least:


Hey, not every boyfriend can be a quick-witted comedian!

This man took the scheduling process one step further:

According to Twitter user @cakefacebritt, the “appointment center” just ended up being her “Loveybug”‘s best friend, who reached out to set up the appointment!

This couple had to coordinate their “dick appointment” with their baby’s sleep and nap schedule:

“After her next baba” = cutest line ever. Cue the collective “awww”s from the Twitterverse.

This man got a little bit romantic with his response:

Who doesn’t want to hear that they have a standing dick appointment with their bae? Like, that’s pretty much a proposal, right?

This guy got a little too over-enthusiastic with the word play:

We live for a punny joke or two, but “dick o’cock” is a little eye-roll inducing.

And finally, this girl’s BF knows the REAL way to a woman’s heart:

Say it with us, gentlemen: consent is the sexiest kind of foreplay.

This Twitter thread definitely made our day and gave us some pretty great ideas for reaching out to our novios the next time we’re in the mood. Check out the rest of the hilarious responses on Twitter here.

Texas Doesn’t Want You Messin’ With The Chilean Flag


Texas Doesn’t Want You Messin’ With The Chilean Flag

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It might seem odd that the Chilean flag emoji (??) would find itself the target of a political debate in Texas, of all places, but that’s exactly what happened. Texas doesn’t have an emoji for its own state flag, leading many people to use the visibly similar Chilean flag when sending messages about Texas. For Texans, this improper use of the emoji (??) has been a source of irritation for quite a while. Now, a Texas lawmaker has filed a resolution asking fellow Texans to stop using the Chilean flag emoji as a Texas flag.

Texans aren’t afraid to voice their anger over the Chilean flag ?? emoji usage.

The flags are very similar, but that hasn’t stopped people from using the emoji incorrectly.


So here’s what the ?? Chilean flag looks like.

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For Chile, the white represents the snow on the Andes mountains, and the red represents the blood spilled fighting for freedom. The blue represents the sky and the star is a “guide to progress and honor.”

And here’s a Texas flag in the wild.

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For the Texas flag, red represents bravery, white represents purity, and blue represents loyalty. The star represents unity.

The two flags share a very similar design, leading to confusion among emoji users.


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To combat this problem, Texas State Representative Tom Oliverson recently introduced his resolution asking Texans to stop using Chile’s flag emoji.

In the resolution, Oliverson urges “Texans not to use the flag emoji of the Republic of Chile when referring to the Texas flag.” Oliverson told Reuters, “I designed [the resolution] to be educational, kind of like a public service announcement.”

The resolution, which is not a law, makes several distinctions between the flags of Texas and Chile.

Rep. Oliverson’s resolution states that while both flags represent proud cultures with rich heritages, one major distinction remains.

Though they are similar, the resolution states that Chile’s flag does not “compare” to the flag of Texas.

The language in the resolution states:

That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.

Of course some people clapped back, saying the real problem is poor education.

So after reading all this, one question remains: whose flag is this?

No cheating.

Quiz: Can You Tell Which Celebrity Picture Is From the 1900’s And Which One Is From 2016?