Granny creates false teeth, memory pills and aches and pains emojis for pensioners
Published 28/10/2016 | 15:24
Emojis which show when you've lost your false teeth or hurt your back could be coming to mobile phones soon after a grandmother complained the present symbols do not reflect the elderly generation.
Frustrated at not being able to express issues faced by the older generation in her text messages, grandmother Diane Hill decided to design her own set of emojis.
The 56-year-old complied a list of images, which she's nicknamed emoldjis, in a bid to help OAPs converse on text messages and social media.
She has suggested new emojis, which depict memory pills and false teeth, after feeling the existing smiling, sleepy and sad faces didn't represent the lives and likes of the older generation.
Mrs Hill has commissioned artist Chris Oxenbury, 42, to formally design her suggestions and sketches.
The unique designs could soon be on people's smart phones after they were sent off for official approval from the Unicode Consortium which regulates emoji updates.
If successful, users could see designs such as "older person looking disapproving over glasses", "spending the kids' inheritance" and "no budgie smugglers" just a thumb-swipe away.
Mrs Hill, from Coventry, said: "I needed something that shows pain because my back hurts, my knees hurt and I need emojis with glasses.
"When I first saw them I thought they were fantastic.
"I love the 'spending the kids inheritance one'.
"I could send any of these emojis to my friends and they'd know what I mean."
Mr Oxenbury, from The Art of Okse, said the pair created the designs together.
"We called them 'emoldjis' which we thought was a cool play-on-words," he said.
"It was really good fun to create them. To be honest, I think it would allow older people to feel more included.
"Diane thought of the idea after her friend was telling her what a great tan she had from coming back off holiday.
"She wanted to send her friend a picture of herself, but she accidentally sent her the poo emoji, thinking it was a black woman.
"That's when she realised the current emojis were confusing her and that she wanted to make them more relatable to older people.
"She wanted to make them bigger too.
"We are sending them to Unicode, which is similar to the Oxford dictionary and how they include new words every year."
Once the designs are lodged with the Unicode Consortium they could be on phones within a year.
Last year, experts said the emoji language is the fastest growing in the UK with millions of people choosing the digital images over written text.
The word emoji literally means "picture" (e) + "character" (moji) in Japanese and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.