It seems that Facebook wants to help its users to express themselves even more. The social network is planning to overhaul their range of emoticons, which users can add to their posts to convey various emotions. While the smiley face and sad face are the most common emoticons, users should prepare for something like contemplation, determination, and resignation.
Working on Facebook’s Emoticons
According to a report from BuzzFeed, Facebook has asked Matt Jones to design their new emoticons. Jones is a Pixar illustrator and former storyboard artist for Wallace and Gromit studio.
Working with Pixar makes Jones a qualified illustrator, as the animation studio studies people’s expressions and movements to make amazing and realistic animations. However, he is working for the social network independently and not on behalf of Pixar.
Facebook was canny enough to realize that traditional emoticons are quite bland. At Pixar, we consider emotional states every day with every drawing we make. Our work is informed by the years of study we do, constantly studying people’s gestures and expressions in real life.
Aside from Jones, Dacher Keltner, University of California-Berkeley’s co-director of Greater Good Science Program, has also started working with Facebook on enhancing its emoticons. He has been testing Jones’ drawings with various people from different countries. The Pixar illustrator, on the other hand, is playing around with colors.
While Jones advocates the use of animation with Facebook emoticons, the big challenge here is how his drawing can be scaled down to only a few pixels wide.