Scottish emojis available at last as '˜Scotmoji' is launched

The new Scotmoji app contains a number of Scottish icons. Picture: ContributedThe new Scotmoji app contains a number of Scottish icons. Picture: Contributed
The new Scotmoji app contains a number of Scottish icons. Picture: Contributed

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PATRIOTIC Scots can now add saltires, kilts, the Kelpies sculpture or even the Loch Ness Monster to social media posts or text messages after a new app was launched.

Scotmoji, which was developed by Kayleigh Dempster, a second year Digital Design (Graphics) student at Glasgow Caledonian University, is now available to download from the Apple App store.

The launch of the app comes after a prominent campaign to add a saltire to Apple’s standard range of flag emojis - without success.

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Alex Salmond was among those calling for the introduction of a saltire emoji, with the former First Minister branding the lack of a saltire emoji as ‘outrageous’.

A recent Apple software update brought the total number of flag emojis to more than 240 - but despite flags for the Aland Islands, Diego Garcia and Timor-Leste, there is still no Saltire.

Admittedly, there are no flags for the four constituent countries of the UK, with a Union Jack the only British-based flag included.

However, Apple did introduce an emoji for Scotland’s national animal the unicorn.

Mr Salmond told BuzzFeed in October last year: “I threw my weight behind the [campaign for .scot domain names] and I’ll throw my weight behind this one.

“As you know, I’m a dab hand at waving a saltire both online and offline. I’m up for that campaign.”

Kayleigh’s involvement in Scotmoji came about after a representative of a company called Fanmoji contacted her after noticing some of the designs she had posted on the internet.

Kayleigh said: “Fanmoji was looking for someone in Scotland to do the Scotmojis and found my portfolio online.

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“I had posted a couple of my university projects on there. My portfolio didn’t contain any emojis, but it did contain flat icons and logos, which they liked the style of.”

Fanmoji is currently working on a similar project for Wales, according to reports.