A Rainbow Flag Emoji Is Coming Our Way
Emoji have really been upping their game lately. On its mission for inclusion, not only has the Unicode Consortium (emoji overlords) added more gender equality to existing emoji but added a whole new slew of #GirlBoss emoji. And even though we’ve got some emoji that allude to gay pride — a bunch of unconventional families and couples FTW! — there is one important symbol that the keyboard is missing: The rainbow flag.
Yesterday, one Google employee submitted a formal proposal to the Unicode Consortium to develop a rainbow flag emoji. In his proposal, he described a process of mashing up already-existent emoji. Mashing up emoji is much less complicated and time-consuming than designing a new one from the ground up.
But now, because the formula is public and available to vendors, it shouldn’t be long before we see the rainbow flag in action. It’s just up to businesses like Google, Apple and Twitter to add it to their keyboards and roll out when ready. The rainbow flag will be completely independent of the next emoji pack — that’s not scheduled until June 2017 — so we can expect to see it on our keyboards and in all of our messages before the end of the year.
How will you use the rainbow flag? Let us know @BritandCo!
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)