Anyone has to be able to look at them and not feel offended. But some people will probably find these offensive anyway. When you started the project, did you also look up other adult emoji or stickers to see if there was anyone else trying to do what you’re doing? We did a lot of research and tried to always stay connected, because we felt that what we were working on was so obvious and important that there’s no way that we’re the only ones doing this. People have put together bad collections, thoughtless collections, offensive collections...Actually one project that’s different, and that we admire is the Lesbian Emoji project.They aren’t in the i Tunes store, for instance, so you have to go in your phone’s internet browser and copy them into a text message, or save them to your phone's photo album. We never actually attempted to be included in the i Tunes store.We did our research, and we were sort of disheartened by what we found.
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.Did you have to think about ways to also make them sexy? That’s where some of the most heated debate came out. And yes, part of being inclusive is that it’s all sexy.To pass our test, the drawings have to be sex-positive. There are people who will be very deeply offended — people who are offended by certain sexualities — but we’re not worried about those people. Even if it’s not my thing, necessarily, I wanted the Flirtmoji to be sexy because it’s someone else's thing and it’s sexy to them.I think sex is obvious, and we also wanted them to be available to people who aren’t having sex.You can be flirting, it doesn’t have to be about intercourse.