Google makes emoji more inclusive with vegan salad, redhead variant
It looks like Google is doing diversity and inclusivity right, as they have not forsaken even their vegan friends. Jennifer Daniel, the UX-Art manager of Google’s Expression design team, announced on Twitter two days ago, June 6, that they have removed the egg in their salad emoji to cater to the vegan population.
“There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority, may I direct your attention to the [salad] emoji,” wrote Daniel. “We’ve removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad.”
Daniel further clarified in another tweet that the goal of redesigning the salad emoji was to stay true to the unicode’s description.
“Hello carnivores, vegans and everyone in between! Just want to clarify that the goal of salad emoji redesign was to create an image more faithful to unicode’s description. ‘A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber.’ Bon appetite!”
But it seems the emoji overhaul just doesn’t end with the vegan salad. Daniel shared that they also added a redhead variant in different skin tones in their people emoji, making the selection more diverse.
“All ya’ll red heads are losing your red headed minds over the new red head emoji but ya’ll realize this doesn’t mean you get red headed skateboarders or redheaded vampires, right?” Daniel tweeted in jest. “You get … a redheaded person. That’s it.”
Moreover, their team also gave some past emoji an update, specifically their goat and turtle emoji, and the grinning face with one large eye emoji.
“We’re slowly giving some our emojis more love. Our goat is no longer so angry. The turtle really needed a hug,” wrote Daniel. “And we gave the Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye some anti-anxiety meds.”
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