From The Verge:
These are NSFW emoji for sexting We talked to Flirtmoji artist Katy McCarthy about designing tiny, sexy icons By Arielle Duhaime-Ross
Emoji aren’t sexy. They’re simple, tame, and accessible icons that work wonders if you want convey basic emotions. But when it comes to sexting, they're pretty inadequate. Winky faces, eggplants, and bananas have their uses, of course, but if you want to be a little sexier, you’re going to have to use your words.
Fortunately, four designers in California have come up with a solution, and they're calling it "Flirtmoji" — sexy stickers designed to look like emoji that you can paste into messaging apps as needed. The project launched on Tuesday, so The Verge contactedKaty McCarthy, one of two artists attached to the project, to talk about the design process.
This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.
How did Flirtmoji come to be?
It’s been many months in the making. All four of us had experience with jokingly and poorly substituting the existing emojis into text conversations to try to communicate sex, and it never worked. But the game-changer came because one of the guys in the group was having really elaborate texting engagement back and forth with a long distance girlfriend. We realized that we needed to do this, to draw up sex as icons, and make it completely comprehensive, funny, and diverse.
I showed some of the Flirtmoji to a friend, and she wasn’t surprised when I told her that you’re a woman. She said that men don’t tend to draw breasts like that. What do you think of that reaction?
Well, I did draw them! And that’s so beautiful, coming from another woman, that she saw that. We had so much dialogue about [the drawings]. The boobs, in particular, were really hashed out. Everyone looked at them, everyone talked about them, everyone had their two cents, and then being the only woman in a group of guys discussing body parts, obviously there are moments that are a little hairy, but…
…That’s an interesting choice of words.
Well yea that’s a whole other conversation, because how do you make hair in simple line strokes?
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