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NYT: Neil Cohn conceived new and already loved melting face emoji

Published: 04th October 2021 Last updated: 05th October 2021

Emojis can communicate emotions with greater ease, speed and flexibility than words can. Neil Cohn of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences together with Ms. Daniels designed a melting face emoji expressing dread, shame, exhaustion or discomfort seems too immense to be captured in written language. He was interviewed by The New York Times.

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one has stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise, writes The New York Times. People state that it expresses feeling of anxiety over the pandemic and climate change, but the emoji was already conceived in 2019, Cohn explains.