Former Apple Intern Shared How She And Her Mentor Designed Apple’s First Emoji For The iPhone

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Jan 11, 2018
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Emoji have come a long way since it first made it on the iPhone. The most refined form of emoji these days is the Animoji, debuted with the iPhone X that makes use of the TrueDepth camera technology. Now, one of Apple’s interns has shared how she, along with her mentor, designed the first emoji for the iPhone. Angela Guzman, a former Apple intern and employee, have shaped how you communicate on a daily basis on your iPhone. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the insights shared by Apple’s former intern and employee.

Former Apple Intern Details Insights On Designing The First Batch Of Emojis For The iPhone In 2008

For its tenth anniversary, Angela Guzman shared how she and her mentor designed the first emoji for the iPhone back in 2008. Guzman was an Apple intern when emoji were under development, resting in the design phase. Along with the assistance of another designer named Raymond, the first batch of emoji was our together which would went on to change the way we communicate.

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“When design leads to friendship, and that friendship leads back to design, magic happens. This is the story of how an intern and her mentor designed Apple’s original emoji set and together changed the way people communicate around the world. It was also a project that led them to become lifelong friends, a key ingredient in the success of these tiny icons. In a nutshell, I was the intern and Raymond is my lifelong friend and mentor. In the course of three months, together we created some of the most widely used emoji: face with tears of joy, pile of poo, red heart, and party popper, plus around 460 additional ones. Later, as a full time Apple employee, I even got to create a few more.”

While interning for the iPhone-maker back in the days, Anglea Guzman was also a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. She stated that she was effectively bestowed a crash course in Apple design, which has gone under quite a bit of changing since 2008.

Ultimately, she went ahead in designing emoji. Steve Jobs himself reviewed the swathes of characters before they were moved on to the next step for approval or other processes. The emoji designed by Guzman were initially live in Japan on the November of 2008.

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“This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Apple’s original emoji launch. They were first released in Japan on November of 2008, shortly after my internship at Apple concluded. I had no idea that within a few months of completing such project, it would revolutionize our culture’s way of communicating or how the emoji would physically appear everywhere. And I mean everywhere: toys, apparel, stickers, candy, music videos, books, jewelry, landmarks, movies, and whatever else you’ve seen.”

All the hard work involved in designing the first batch of emoji for the iPhone did pay off. Moreover, it gave us a sense of communication, impressions and expressions to portray ourselves more.

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Source: Medium

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