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Jeremy Burge (born 14 July 1984)[1] is an emoji historian,[2][3] founder of Emojipedia[4] and creator of World Emoji Day.[5][6]

Jeremy Burge
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Jeremy Burge at SOAS, University of London, June 2018
Born (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceLondon, England, United Kingdom
NationalityAustralian
OccupationFounder of Emojipedia
Known forEntrepreneur, Blogger

Burge is widely regarded as an expert on emoji.[7][8][9][10]

Business Insider listed Burge in the UK Tech 100 in 2016,[11] 2017[12] and 2018[13] dubbing him "The Emoji Maestro"[14] while other publications have used terms such as "Emoji King"[15] or "The Lord of Emojis".[16]

EmojipediaEdit

In July 2013, Burge started the emoji reference site Emojipedia which The Sydney Morning Herald reported had 23 million page views per month in 2017.[17] Burge works as Chief Emoji Officer at Emojipedia[18] overseeing editorial content on the site[19] and has occupied this role full time since 2016.[20][21]

Burge worked with professional sportspeople Tony Hawk and Sasha DiGiulian to improve the accuracy of Emojipedia's sample images for the skateboard[22][23][24] and rock climber characters[25] respectively. Jenken Magazine reported: "While they were on the phone one day, Hawk sent Burge a picture of his own board"[26] which was used as the basis of Emojipedia's revised skateboard design.[27][28]

UnicodeEdit

Described as a leading authority on emoji use,[29] Burge urged Apple to rethink its plan to convert the handgun emoji symbol into a water pistol icon in 2016, citing cross-platform confusion.[30] Emoji flags for England, Scotland and Wales were added to the Unicode Standard in 2017 after a formal proposal[31] co-authored by Burge was approved.[32]

WritingEdit

Burge is regular news contributor to Emojipedia[33] and was responsible for many of the initial emoji definitions on the reference website.[34] Additionally he has written for publications such Six Colors,[35] Medium,[36] and The Internet Review.[37]

PodcastingEdit

Burge started Emoji Wrap, a monthly podcast[38] covering "global emoji news and trends"[39] in August 2016[40] and has interviewed notable guests such as Mark Davis,[41] Myke Hurley,[42] Jason Snell[43] and Christina Warren.[44]

The Guardian notes that Google product manager Agustin Fonts was "hesitant about shifting to a water pistol" when discussing the Android gun emoji with Burge on the Emoji Wrap podcast.[45]

Public SpeakingEdit

The Evening Standard reported that Burge "lectured on the history and social impact of emojis" at TEDxEastEnd at London's Hackney Empire in 2017.[46] In addition, Burge has spoken at conferences such as The Next Web in Amsterdam,[47] Smart Future in Riga,[48] Design Matters in Copenhagen[49] and Úll in Killarney.[50]

Institutions that have hosted Burge include Eton College,[51] Eye Magazine,[52] Google,[53] London Design Museum,[54] and University College London.[55][56]

World Emoji DayEdit

World Emoji Day is a "global celebration of emoji" created by Burge[57] in 2014.[58] According to the New York Times, he created this on "July 17 based on the way the calendar emoji is shown on iPhones".[5][59] Burge told Axios in 2017 that "Tim Cook tweeted about it [World Emoji Day] this year so I was kind of excited about that".[60]

In 2017 Burge discussed the origin of World Emoji Day and Emojipedia[61] at AOL BUILD,[62] attended the lighting of the Empire State Building "emoji yellow"[63] with The Emoji Movie voice cast Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph and Jake T. Austin, and announced the winners of the annual World Emoji Awards from the New York Stock Exchange.[64]

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a "Saks Celebrates World Emoji Day" red carpet event in 2017[65] which was attended by Burge.[66]

Guest appearancesEdit

Burge has appeared regularly on television and radio shows for ABC Australia and BBC[67] and has also made guest appearances on networks such as CNN International,[67] TWiT.tv, Relay FM[68] and Cheddar.[69]

ReferencesEdit

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