Mutant Standard is creating a new kind of emoji set
29

patrons

$124
per month
Hi, I'm Dzuk. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. I'm making this emoji set that is more flexible, more inclusive, more expressive and generally just more fun. I call it Mutant Standard.




Why Emoji?




A lot of people call emoji a language, but few people seem to think about what the effects of using languages are. A language isn't a neutral or universal way of communicating with others - it's a particular way of seeing the world.

I think that rather often the same is assumed of the standard emoji we're used to on our phones and computers, but they actually represent a limited view of humanity, even more limited than the written or spoken word. The world of our standard emoji is one where men only have short hair and women only have long hair, there are lots of sports, but no knitting or board games, and the only currencies are $, €, £ and ¥.

The reason this is so is because we are only usually allowed one set and only one group of people get to decide what's in that set - the Unicode Consortium and various tech companies (mostly Silicon Valley ones). But it shouldn't be this way and it doesn't have to be.

Mutant Standard is a project that is aiming to change this by creating a new set (and accompanying technical standard) that expands the range of human expression, and by doing so, encouraging others to change how we think about and use emoji in our daily lives.




What's in Mutant Standard?




Your standard emoji, but better.

A new take on Unicode's emoji that's more inclusive and more flexible. These will be mostly compatible with other Unicode Standard emoji sets.

  • Gender neutral emoji that are inclusive no matter your hair style, gender or race.
  • Family emoji that are inclusive to different family arrangements.
  • Awesome new customisation, with things like nonhuman skin colours and different hand types like paws and clawed hands.

Awesome new emoji.
Lots of new and fun emoji for different groups of people and interests. This list will grow as time goes on:

  • LGBTQIA+/GSD pride symbols, flags, etc.
  • Emoji for furries, scalies, monsters, nonhumans, etc.
  • Fantasy & Roleplaying emoji
  • Cyberpunk emoji
  • Occult emoji


A different design approach.
Every emoji is designed and rendered in a very distinctive style based on thick lines, bold shading and bright colours.

This makes the emoji really crisp and readable on the kinds of computer and device screens you already own. The black outlines also mean that the emoji also work on almost any background, including dark backgrounds.



Currently Mutant Standard has more than 700 unique emoji designs, and more than 3,000 emoji including colour variants. You can view and download the latest version here and use them for non-commercial purposes. It's licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International.




What would my money go towards?




Making more emoji

A large portion of the work will be the research, design and production of emoji. The end goal is to make Mutant Standard a complete, standalone set.



Enabling people to use the emoji

There will be time dedicated to helping people use Mutant Standard in various sites and services. So in addition to the production of emoji, your money will go towards:

  • Hosting the project website and emoji downloads.
  • Production of different emoji formats tailored to different services and web apps (Mastodon, Discourse, Discord, Telegram Stickers, etc.).
  • Plotting of codepoints in the Unicode Private Use Area so people can consistently send Mutant Standard's custom emoji to each other.

If the bigger goals for the project are reached, then other things can be worked on - like custom emoji pickers for web apps and potentially even emoji keyboards for browsers and phones.



Making Merchandise

Some time will also be spent on converting emoji into merchandise for people to enjoy and to promote the project IRL.



I have a public Trello board for my production notes so you can get a glimpse of what I'm thinking about and what I'm up to at any time.




The Design Process



Designing and producing emojis can be quite an intensive task - some designs take a few minutes to make but others can take a few hours. Some emoji might change later as opinions and perceptions change, so there's an element of experimentation too. I'll keep you informed on how the emoji are doing and what I think about them.




Rewards and Goals




Patrons can get special perks like:
  • Being included in the readme credits for all future releases.
  • Exclusive seasonal wallpapers for desktop, tablet, phone and watch. Including tailored ones for tall borderless phones (like iPhone X and new Samsung Galaxy phones) and old feature phones.
  • Access to exclusive Discord and Patreon communities and priority access to ask me questions and more development details.
  • The ability to vote on special 'VIP' emoji I make each month.

I strongly believe in freely accessible education, so I have decided to make educational things goals instead of rewards. If I get enough funding for this, I can comfortably do special process/educational things for everyone to enjoy, like livestreams and publishing of my design notes and sketches.

There are also some great non-educational things planned for later goals, like custom emoji pickers and emoji keyboards for browsers and phones.




Updates + Feedback

I will post updates here as well as on Mastodon, TwitterDiscordTelegram and Tumblr

I'm totally up for feedback! Message/comment here or on those other places to tell me what you think of the emoji right now, or if you have any ideas for what other emoji might be cool for this set.

If you have any questions, check my FAQ first to see if your question has already been answered.




Thanks!

Thanks for checking this out! You can see a more detailed roadmap, FAQ, web demos and downloads at mutant.tech.


Tiers
👌 (Hall of Fame)
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
Your name will have a permanent place in the credits text file for all future updates! Thank you so much!

(If you would like a different name for the credits or would rather not be in the credits, send me a message :) )
🤘 (Emoji Cabal)
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Join the private Patreon and Discord community. Know how the project is doing in more detail, as well as priority access to ask me questions.

Get exclusive seasonal wallpapers for tablet, phone, watch and desktop.

+ Plus the previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
🤙 (VIP Voting Club)
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Join the secret club of patrons who get to vote on three special custom emoji that I will make each month.

At the beginning of each month, I will set up a special post where you can discuss amongst yourselves what you want to vote for (within reason!), and then I'll set up a poll.

(Because of Patreon's payment systems, you'll be able to participate starting the month you've first been charged.)

+ Plus the previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$124 of $1,016 per month
Because Mutant Standard has other places for recurring donations, you can find goals at mutant.tech/donate/#goals.
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Hi, I'm Dzuk. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. I'm making this emoji set that is more flexible, more inclusive, more expressive and generally just more fun. I call it Mutant Standard.




Why Emoji?




A lot of people call emoji a language, but few people seem to think about what the effects of using languages are. A language isn't a neutral or universal way of communicating with others - it's a particular way of seeing the world.

I think that rather often the same is assumed of the standard emoji we're used to on our phones and computers, but they actually represent a limited view of humanity, even more limited than the written or spoken word. The world of our standard emoji is one where men only have short hair and women only have long hair, there are lots of sports, but no knitting or board games, and the only currencies are $, €, £ and ¥.

The reason this is so is because we are only usually allowed one set and only one group of people get to decide what's in that set - the Unicode Consortium and various tech companies (mostly Silicon Valley ones). But it shouldn't be this way and it doesn't have to be.

Mutant Standard is a project that is aiming to change this by creating a new set (and accompanying technical standard) that expands the range of human expression, and by doing so, encouraging others to change how we think about and use emoji in our daily lives.




What's in Mutant Standard?




Your standard emoji, but better.

A new take on Unicode's emoji that's more inclusive and more flexible. These will be mostly compatible with other Unicode Standard emoji sets.

  • Gender neutral emoji that are inclusive no matter your hair style, gender or race.
  • Family emoji that are inclusive to different family arrangements.
  • Awesome new customisation, with things like nonhuman skin colours and different hand types like paws and clawed hands.

Awesome new emoji.
Lots of new and fun emoji for different groups of people and interests. This list will grow as time goes on:

  • LGBTQIA+/GSD pride symbols, flags, etc.
  • Emoji for furries, scalies, monsters, nonhumans, etc.
  • Fantasy & Roleplaying emoji
  • Cyberpunk emoji
  • Occult emoji


A different design approach.
Every emoji is designed and rendered in a very distinctive style based on thick lines, bold shading and bright colours.

This makes the emoji really crisp and readable on the kinds of computer and device screens you already own. The black outlines also mean that the emoji also work on almost any background, including dark backgrounds.



Currently Mutant Standard has more than 700 unique emoji designs, and more than 3,000 emoji including colour variants. You can view and download the latest version here and use them for non-commercial purposes. It's licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International.




What would my money go towards?




Making more emoji

A large portion of the work will be the research, design and production of emoji. The end goal is to make Mutant Standard a complete, standalone set.



Enabling people to use the emoji

There will be time dedicated to helping people use Mutant Standard in various sites and services. So in addition to the production of emoji, your money will go towards:

  • Hosting the project website and emoji downloads.
  • Production of different emoji formats tailored to different services and web apps (Mastodon, Discourse, Discord, Telegram Stickers, etc.).
  • Plotting of codepoints in the Unicode Private Use Area so people can consistently send Mutant Standard's custom emoji to each other.

If the bigger goals for the project are reached, then other things can be worked on - like custom emoji pickers for web apps and potentially even emoji keyboards for browsers and phones.



Making Merchandise

Some time will also be spent on converting emoji into merchandise for people to enjoy and to promote the project IRL.



I have a public Trello board for my production notes so you can get a glimpse of what I'm thinking about and what I'm up to at any time.




The Design Process



Designing and producing emojis can be quite an intensive task - some designs take a few minutes to make but others can take a few hours. Some emoji might change later as opinions and perceptions change, so there's an element of experimentation too. I'll keep you informed on how the emoji are doing and what I think about them.




Rewards and Goals




Patrons can get special perks like:
  • Being included in the readme credits for all future releases.
  • Exclusive seasonal wallpapers for desktop, tablet, phone and watch. Including tailored ones for tall borderless phones (like iPhone X and new Samsung Galaxy phones) and old feature phones.
  • Access to exclusive Discord and Patreon communities and priority access to ask me questions and more development details.
  • The ability to vote on special 'VIP' emoji I make each month.

I strongly believe in freely accessible education, so I have decided to make educational things goals instead of rewards. If I get enough funding for this, I can comfortably do special process/educational things for everyone to enjoy, like livestreams and publishing of my design notes and sketches.

There are also some great non-educational things planned for later goals, like custom emoji pickers and emoji keyboards for browsers and phones.




Updates + Feedback

I will post updates here as well as on Mastodon, TwitterDiscordTelegram and Tumblr

I'm totally up for feedback! Message/comment here or on those other places to tell me what you think of the emoji right now, or if you have any ideas for what other emoji might be cool for this set.

If you have any questions, check my FAQ first to see if your question has already been answered.




Thanks!

Thanks for checking this out! You can see a more detailed roadmap, FAQ, web demos and downloads at mutant.tech.


Recent posts by Mutant Standard

Tiers
👌 (Hall of Fame)
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
Your name will have a permanent place in the credits text file for all future updates! Thank you so much!

(If you would like a different name for the credits or would rather not be in the credits, send me a message :) )
🤘 (Emoji Cabal)
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Join the private Patreon and Discord community. Know how the project is doing in more detail, as well as priority access to ask me questions.

Get exclusive seasonal wallpapers for tablet, phone, watch and desktop.

+ Plus the previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
🤙 (VIP Voting Club)
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Join the secret club of patrons who get to vote on three special custom emoji that I will make each month.

At the beginning of each month, I will set up a special post where you can discuss amongst yourselves what you want to vote for (within reason!), and then I'll set up a poll.

(Because of Patreon's payment systems, you'll be able to participate starting the month you've first been charged.)

+ Plus the previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards