Ian Charnas

Forbidden Emoji

36 emoji that don't exist

These emoji were never supposed to see the light of day. Watch the video to learn how they were trapped for years, and how the internet freed them.


Visit forbiddenemoji.com to download Dumpster Fire, Brain Fart, Dad Joke, and the rest of the emoji. 

My role in this project

What most of my projects require is kind of a pied piper to make it happen. Someone with lots of ideas and energy, yet little to no social life. This is my sweet spot.



In the press

Forbidden Emoji coverage can be found on ABC, Wish Cleveland, and on Big River.

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