They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but what’s a middle-ager to do when they can’t find a relatable emoji? Well, Diane Hill decided it was time to create her own.
The 56-year-old grandmother from the UK was sick of seeing simply sad, happy, or dancing emojis that she feels don’t necessarily represent the complexities of growing older. With some reports estimating that up to 92 percent of people online use emojis, it’s important that older folks like Diane find something they can connect with.
“I need something that shows pain because my back hurts, my knees hurt and I need emojis with glasses,” Hill told the BBC.
After coming up with some of her own sketches, Hill worked with UK-based artist, Chris Oxenbury, to create the “emoldjis.” A total of nine were commissioned.
The illustrations have been sent off to the Unicode Consortium, the organization which regulates annual emoji updates. It might be a while before you see any of these icons on your smartphone, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.