Itzel Oropeza Castillo
Itzel Oropeza Castillo

Meet Mexico City’s New Official Emojis

Itzel Oropeza Castillo
Itzel Oropeza Castillo

Residents of Mexico City will soon have a whole new set of emojis to use when talking about their city. As CityLab reports, the winners of the Emoji CDMX competition were announced on August 1, crowning new icons to describe the 21st-century metropolis.

Launched in June 2017 by the municipal government’s experimental Laboratory for the City, the competition asked designers to represent Mexico City in 20 small symbols. Almost 100 designers took part, submitting 2000 emoji designs for consideration. (Technically, the symbols are stickers, not emojis, since you’ll have to download an app to use them, but emoji is a much more recognizable term, so we’ll go with it.)

Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts, a witch, and a mariachi singer rendered as emoji.
A selection of some of the first-place-winning emoji.
Itzel Oropeza Castillo

The winners—Itzel Oropeza Castillo (first place); Eduardo Camacho and Pedro Rodrigo Grajeda (second place); and Ivonne Andrea Torres and Martin Robert Cook (third place)—received cash prizes from The Lift Mexico, one of the competition’s sponsors. Five honorable mentions and several mayor’s favorites selections were also recognized at the August 1 awards ceremony and will be included in the app.

A Mayan figure in a headdress, Frida Kahlo, and a Mexican walking fish drawn as emoji.
Emoji from the second-place entry
Eduardo Camacho Mayén and Pedro Rodrigo Grajeda Ortega

The emoji designs submitted often included some of the same themes and topics, including Frida Kahlo; the Mexican walking fish, ajolote; tamales; the Aztec god Tlaloc; and the landmark Latin American Tower.

A sign reading “CDMX” with people standing near it, a woman on the Metro, a boat that reads Xochimilco, and two people eating at a food stand.
Some of the third-place winners.
Ivonne Andrea Torres and Martin Robert Cook

While Finland has launched its own official national emoji, Mexico City is the first city to do so, and the first to hold an open competition for the designs. The Emoji CDMX app will be available for iOS and Android in September, with a total of 240 available designs.

[h/t CityLab]

Pop Chart Lab
A Visual History of Captain America’s Shields
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Captain America has gone through plenty of wardrobe changes since his comic book debut in 1941, but it’s his iconic shield that has had the most makeovers. Over the past eight decades, fans have seen the shield change its shape, color, and even the material from which it’s crafted. For the folks at Pop Chart Lab, the shield’s storied history provided the perfect subject matter for their latest poster.

On this piece, the company teamed with Marvel to give a rundown of 50 of Cap’s shields—from the instantly recognizable to the downright obscure. Here we see his classic Golden Age shield, with its slightly different color scheme, and the different variations from Jack Kirby’s time-traveling Bicentennial Battles book. Then there are entries like the vibranium shield he received from Black Panther in Captain America #342 and an adamantium one made by Tony Stark.

Those different shields just scratch the surface of the deep cuts Pop Chart Lab provides. There are also shields from Captain Americas across Marvel’s numerous alternate universes, like the ones used by the Ultimate Universe Steve Rogers and the android Cap from Earth-725.

Each shield is illustrated to match its comic book counterpart and comes with a description specifying the series it debuted in and which Earth it exists on (the Marvel Universe has thousands of different versions of Earth, after all).

The posters will begin shipping on May 23, and you can pre-order yours now starting at $29 on the Pop Chart Lab website. You can check out a full look at the poster below.

Pop Chart Lab's Captain America shield poster
Pop Chart Lab
Google Fixes Major Problem in its Cheeseburger and Beer Emojis

A digital slice of cheese that once sat beneath a digital beef patty has now ascended to its proper place in the hamburger emoji hierarchy. Google CEO Sundar Pichai saw to it personally.

"Towards the end of last year it came to my attention that we had a major bug in one of our core products," Pichai said in a keynote speech that opened this year's Google I/O conference for developers. After a pause, he added, "It turns out we got the cheese wrong in our burger emoji." Before and after images of the emoji were shown to an audience of more than 7000 people, bringing a satisfying resolution to an issue that was raised via tweet last October.

Author Thomas Baekdal was the first person to bring this crime against condiments to the public's attention, according to Dezeen. He tweeted, "I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top."

Pichai responded via tweet that he would "drop everything else" to fix it, and indeed, he kept his word. Google emojis are just one variety in the emoji universe, and they can be found on Android devices, Gmail, Google Hangouts, and ChromeOS.

Google's emoji experts were also tasked with fixing an image of a half-full mug of beer which had an inexplicable gap between the beer and the cloud of foam on top.

"We restored the natural laws of physics, so all is well, we can get back to business," Pichai said. Finally, a proper emoji meal can be had.

[h/t Dezeen]


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