Do It Yourself: Building an Emoji Keyboard In-House to Engage Alumni and Students

Higher Education Web Professionals Annual Conference
October 2017

😍, 🙌, even 💩. Communication is now more than text, and emojis have become the solution for explaining what words can’t. Social Media Coordinator Jackie Vetrano of Skidmore College had a dream of capturing the spirit of emojis as a way to engage with alumni and students. With collaboration between graphic designers, IT, and even student developers, the Skidmoji keyboard was created. Vetrano will explain the seemingly intimidating process of developing a homegrown keyboard, their goals, obstacles, outcomes, and plans for the future of communication at Skidmore College.