How to make black people delete your app(medium.com)

over 4 years ago from Jon L, Design Entrepreneur

  • Darrell HanleyDarrell Hanley, over 4 years ago

    Furthermore, Yellow isn't supposed to represent white people. In fact, I think Apple had to go back and make all their default emoji yellow from paler skin that was derived from white people in earlier versions of iOS.

    I would think that if an issue exists, then its because the emoji might not be yellow enough and the drawings too realistic. It feeds into my long standing beef with Apple breaking emoji by defaulting to white skin to begin with, then trying to correct their mistake by compounding on it, pushing for Emojis to have a race spec, something that hadn't existed prior.

    6 points
    • Jake Lazaroff, over 4 years ago

      I know that yellow was supposed to make the default emojis not represent a race, but I think Apple ultimately failed in that goal. Yellow is often used as a proxy for white.

      I posed this question down below, but I'll repeat it here: What race are all the yellow characters in this poster?

      simpsons characters

      7 points
      • Darrell HanleyDarrell Hanley, over 4 years ago

        This is true, I think again, a lot of this comes down to how Apple has decided to style their emojis. A lot of companies are guilty of not abstracting away details to discourage a racial identification or making their emoji's explicitly based on real people and thus includes race.

        Here's a list of the various clapping hands emoji. Personally, I think only Google, Microsoft, and Twitter got this right. The default emoji should be yellow orange and should have no details like smooth shading or drop shadows.

        I do think that by making it yellow orange and dropping all unnecessary details and textures, you abstract the meaning of the icon enough to avoid Simpsons race identification.

        1 point
      • Andrew LeeAndrew Lee, over 4 years ago

        Crap, Pikachu was white this whole time?

        Aw hell.

        8 points
      • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 4 years ago

        Their race is Yellow.

        1 point