Project Information

What is this project about?

This project aims to explore how emoji may be designed if the task was open to ordinary people. Currently, the process for deciding which become part of the official set does not involve much discussion with the people who will use them.


How can I take part?

You will need to give consent by making a log in. This will require your email address, and creating a username and password. You will also need to complete the questionnaire on the website which will ask for more information about you (your age, gender, languages you speak, the city where you have spent most of your life, the city you currently live in, and how often you use emoji).


Where will my data be kept?

During the project, your email address, the questionnaire data and all of the website data will be stored on a password protected server. The only person with access to this server is the lead researcher. When the website is shut down (28/02/2018) its contents and the questionnaire data will be retained on this secure server, but your email address will be deleted and we will not contact you again.


Will this website be monitored?

The website will be monitored daily by the primary researcher and any offensive material will be removed. Any members found to be posting offensive material will have their login deleted so that they can no longer interact with the website. If you would like to report offensive material or inappropriate behaviour you can do this via this form.

What will the project involve?

We would like to invite people to interact with the website. You could upload your own emoji idea, comment on others or vote on the ones you like/dislike the most. You can interact with the website in any way you like and as much as you like. Please be aware that people who have not given consent to being involved in the project can still see your interactions with the website.


What will you do with my data?

We will only use your email address to contact you in regards to this project. The data you provide in the questionnaire will be used to try to understand how these factors may have influenced your emoji design preferences. We encourage you to make a username that does not include your name or initials so that you may remain anonymous on the site. When we discuss the project, e.g. in presentations or reports, we will anonymise the data further by not using your username and not directly quoting any comments that you make.


What if I change my mind?

You can cease your involvement in the project whenever you choose – simply contact us via this form and we will delete your login account and your email address from our records. However, once you have interacted with the website, for example left a comment or made a vote, we are unable to remove this data. We will not ask you why you no longer wish to be involved in the project.


If I have further questions, how can I contact you?

You can contact us via this form.