DOI: 10.36190/2021.01

Published: 2021-06-01
The past and future of hand emoji
Lauren Gawne, Jennifer Daniel

Human handshapes have been encoded as emoji since the earliest implementations. The flexible and accessible semantic domain of human gestures has continued to provide a source of new emoji. We provide an overview of the history of hand gestures in the Unicode emoji set. We then discuss the utility and challenges of encoding hand emoji, as well as the current direction being taken by Unicode.