Openmoji is a growing, open-sourced library of more than 3000 emojis that can be used and modified freely. It provides a styleguide that anyone can use to contribute to the project.
Currently, there are few complete¹ emoji sets, and most of them come from a corporate background². Openmoji aims to provide an alternative, that comes from another background. It initially started as a students project with a group of about 20 students, of which I was a part. After the early stages, when everyone individually designed small icon sets, we later split into different groups to work on the unified emoji set.
The Styleguide Group
As part of the working group responsible for developing a universal styleguide, we went through multiple iterations—refining the level of detail, the styleguide needed to provide, defining Do’s and Dont’s and setting up formal submission guides.
We were developing the styleguide with everyone already working on different parts of the emoji set. This put us in the position, where we would check back with the rest of the students, giving feedback on the current state of their icons. Simultaneously we would figure out where we needed to be more precise or where people were ignoring the styleguide because it was too detailed.