Microsoft has made its 3D emoji open source, allowing artists to remix and tweak them
Microsoft spent a lot of time thinking about inclusive design and the many emoji demands that span diverse individuals, faiths, and regions. The end product is over 1,500 emojis with bespoke skin tones, vibrant and saturated colors, and an emphasis on workplace fun. Even Clippy, a substitute for the paper clip emoji, was launched, but it’s one of a handful that won’t be open-sourced due to legal obligations around Microsoft’s trademarks.
Most of Microsoft’s vibrant and vivid 3D emoji may be remixed into stickers, used in the content, or combined to create unique sets of emoji. “I believe we will see things that are really unique and specialized, as well as concepts that are very universally applicable,” Friedman predicts. “Back when we were doing our app icons a few years ago, there were folks that produced Marvel versions of our app icons.” It was fantastic. It was just this wonderful artistic expression.”