The brains behind the silly, but cleverly designed sexmojis (as we like to call them) originated in the Bay Area when the company opened last year.
Nothing is too perverted for Flirtmoji as some of their latest designs include multi-colored vaginas, breasts and booties, lovemaking rabbits, dildos and even H&M sex toys such as handcuffs, masks and whips.
Below are some more stickers Flirtmoji released last year (Flirtmoji).
The technology-focused website, The Verge, caught up with the sexmoji designers to discuss their creative process. Below is an excerpt of the interview conducted by Arielle Duhaime-Ross.
These vaginas are incredibly diverse. What was your process with this, this time around?
Jeremy Yingling: It was a long one. I was an icon designer before starting Flirtmoji, and symmetry is something that’s really valued with icons, for legibility and for keeping everything balanced. So that’s very much how we approached Flirtmoji and how Katy and I started drawing genitals. And, you know, after drawing maybe a dozen penises and vaginas, we thought things would be more interesting when things are a little bit off-kilter.
So we started looking at references images; there was a lot of Google image searching for many explicit terms and again, the thing that’s beautiful about a particular body part is when it’s not symmetrical, or it’s off-angle or it’s from a strange perspective.
Katy McCarthy: There was one [vagina], I remember, that we were going to cut. And it was the one that was the least symmetrical of the original group. But a friend looked at it and said, “Well that’s the one that looks the most like mine!” So we were kind of in this interesting design dilemma of wanting to create something iconographic and wanting to be representational. And we realized that these things could be reconciled.
So let’s talk about hair. Last time we spoke, you mentioned that hair was something you were thinking about. And now you have these new designs — and some of them are pretty hairy. Why did you think including hair was important?
JY: It became possible, within our style, for one thing. One of the things that Katy and I really work hard on is having a unified esthetic for Flirtmoji which comes down to the color schemes and the size of the strokes. And man we tried to solve hair for a long time with our first line. And the strokes were just too big. But, you now, we finally had a little bit of time to evaluate our art and we saw an opportunity to downsize the strokes a little bit and that suddenly made it possible to do all kinds of weird, hairy, fluffy, pube-y shapes. It was always a priority for us.
So the challenge was making the hair small enough so it would look good in a text message?
JY: Yea. The way flirtmojis are presented on the website, the hair is one pixel. It’s basically as small as you can make something crisp within an icon. Whereas in the past, it was 2 pixels and in a 100-pixel icon that was not a lot of room to make something really hairy.
Do you have a favorite?
JY: My personal favorite has a dark-pink clitoral hood, and a really lippy labia. It’s actually a hairless one.
Do you mean that one that — I want to say — is kind of flappy?
KM: I hope that this can be directly transcribed. [laughs]
JY: Yes, that’s my favorite. It’s one of the first ones that I really broke the symmetry on, and it looks more like a vagina after breaking the symmetry. Something about it actually became sexier to me, or easier to identify. And it’s like a cool moment after drawing so many symmetric orifices to be like, “Oh wow that is true to life; that is very, very sexy.”