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When Words Fail Emoji’s Prevail. Happy World Emoji Day!

Amanda Short

Emojis liven up and add non-verbal human touch to our text conversations. They help express our ideas and emotions in ways words cannot. Whether we’re trying to express our love, beg for forgiveness, show gratitude or let out frustration, emojis help us get the message across.

Last year, in honor of the July 17th internationally celebrated World Emoji Day, we asked our rookie marketing team members what some of their favorite emojis were. This year we asked some of our engineers and designers to share their most used Skype emojis. Skype is the main communication tool Kdan team members use to communicate during work. Have fun and learn some new uses for your favorite emojis while getting to know the Kdan team.

DESIGNERS’ MONOLOGUE

YHYH is a crossfit addict and UX Designer. She spends a lot of time at the gym and likes to visit tasty ramen places after her gym sessions. The fun and polite personality she demonstrates through the emojis she uses is common of Kdan team members and also part of what makes her so great at ensuring our users have a good experience.

To express her happiness that a project is finished she frequently uses rock (rock). When she sees a design that she doesn’t agree with but wants to be polite and hold her criticism she kindly uses :x (:x). On the other hand, when a team member shares a great idea she likes to use unicorn (unicorn) to express how amazed she is with their idea. She typically uses several to express just how great their idea is. Being a small and creative team means we need a constant flow of creative ideas. This emoji also sums up that spirit.

IanIn addition to being a seasoned UI Designer, Ian is a new father dadtime (dadtime) who loves tinkering around with his motorcycle and bonding with his coworkers. He expresses all his emotions on efficiency and the good time that comes with sharing a drink.

His favorite Skype emoji is like (like). Whenever a discussion is going somewhere solid, or when a project is done well, he loves to give it a Like. On the other hand when the workload is full but new projects keep piling up he likes to use lalala (lalala) to lighten up the damper it can add to one’s mood. Ian has a special emoji combo celebrate (celebrate) holidayspirit (holidayspirit) that he uses exclusively for shifting into party mood for Kdan’s after-work Happy Hour gatherings. Kdan’s team members have many clubs for bonding and building friendship on and off the clock with some of the more popular being the Happy Hour club, Pokemon Go, Swimming and Basketball.

dukiDuki is a soft hearted UI Designer who likes to draw her thoughts and feelings. (Check out some of her amazing artwork by following her on Instagram @dukichiang.) Duki is also a Pisces, the horoscope with maybe the most emotions in the world. It’s no wonder she interprets emojis differently than others.

To her, morningafter (morningafter) means “BLUE,” and is often used on Mondays, when she feels like she doesn’t recognize her coworkers anymore (after a weekend of separation because she loves them so much) or when she simply doesn’t feel like working. When she feels consumed by an emotion but can’t really express it, she uses sweat (sweat) to convey her frustration. She often uses cwl (cwl) to laugh off silly mistakes.

 

ENGINEERS’ STRAIGHTFORWARD-NESS

kangKangKang is one of our most Senior Windows Software Engineers. He is a supporter of anything Microsoft. He owns several T-shirts that express his love for Microsoft saying things like “I Love Windows Phone” and “I Love Microsoft”.  He is also a great example of the honest culture we encourage at Kdan.

To show that he is proud of the work he as done he will share cool (cool). He likes to use clap (clap) to sincerely cheer for something, eg. when wifi at the office is down and sarcastic (sarcastic) when something for the greater good happens but he can’t bring himself to be genuinely happy about it, eg. when wifi at the office comes back on. Now that’s sincere employee honesty.

gsxGSX is not only Kdan’s tallest team member, but also the slowest (in terms of walking and talking speed, not work.) His slow pace is one of his signatures. He even almost nicknamed himself “Slow Motion” for this post. As one of Kdan’s Cloud Team Senior Engineers he likes to lighten the mood when things get tough whether it be his misfortune or another’s.

When work gets tricky, he uses cwl(cwl) it to lift the mood (of himself or his team). To express his happiness, especially with someone else’s misfortune, he likes to use devil (devil). He also likes to put his hands in the air celebrate (celebrate) to cheer. There’s always something to celebrate at Kdan whether it be a job well done, “it’s Friday”, or free food and drink show up in the office (which happens quite often).

 

EMOJI TAKEOVER

There will soon be an emoji for everything… literally everything. 157 new emojis are being added to major platforms in 2018 with the total number of approved emoji’s reaching 2,823. This doesn’t even account for Bimoji, Animoji, and the recently announced Memoji. Apple just announced Memoji at this year’s WWDC. You can now make an avatar who can express your face just like another you. Maybe one day the Kdan team will take our daily communication to another level and use even more creative ways to express ourselves.

Have a creative way of expressing yourself? Share with us in the comment section below.

 


Also published on Medium.

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Amanda Short

Originally from the Pennsylvania countryside, Amanda enjoys hiking and traveling, both of which are easy to do in Taiwan where she currently resides, living out a life dream of living and working abroad. Her favorite thing about traveling the globe and living abroad is the deep appreciation one gains for life and all it encompasses.

Amanda graduated from Juniata College in 2016 with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Communication. She has been doing some projects and blogging for Kdan Mobile since April 2017.

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