Iconathon # 3 – Creating African emojis

Don’t we say “things always come in threes”. After two editions creating icons around the informal sector and the African Food, the iconathon was back last July to make our designers’ community work on African Emojis – wouhou !! This awesome event was organized in partnership with Kombosa Studio and Deck.

A small reminder of the concept of Iconathon : contraction of “icon” and “hackathon” the iconathon is a public design workshop in which graphic designers implement their talent for creation of visuals representing African society.

Why ?

The aim of this third edition was to create emojis which are the reflections of our day to day life and then share them with the community. An emoji is a representation of an expression, a feeling in everyday life opposed to the icon which is an image representing an action, an object, a concept.

The idea of this theme came from the observation that of existing emojis, none of them could describe emotions or expressions classic to African people and Senegalese ones in particular.

This is how we dooooo it !

Before tackling the topic, a quick recap was made on the history of emojis. Then the Designers agreed on the styles of work to adopt to make sure there is a consistency in the production. Thus, the work began after a brief introduction of participants along with coffee cups to stimulate the neurons. On your marks, ready, create!!


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We were truly amazed by the emojis that our guys imagined and then designed after few hours of work !! From the “tchip” to the famous “dou dem” through the “xeelu” and the “grawoul”, you will be delightfully served.

You can find the icons in JPEG below and on YUX Dakar page. Feel free to get in touch should you need emojis in PNG or SVG or want to work on specific icons sets with us : hello@yuxdakar.com

THANKS to all participants!

The fourth edition is coming soon, follow us on social networks to be the first to know!


Icones Emojis Africaines



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