Story Programming

New-Age Hieroglyphs

30 minutes
Individual or Group

Translate sayings into emojis

You will want to access this webpage: . Given the following phrases, try to communicate them using emojis. For example, given the phrase “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” you could use emojis to convey that like this:


Using the emojis from the webpage above, copy and paste emojis to represent the following phrases into a document.

  1. To be or not to be, that is the question.
  2. Jump the shark
  3. It’s a dog eat dog world.
  4. What does the fox say?
  5. Kill two birds with one stone
  6. Fifteen minutes of fame
  7. Barking up the wrong tree
  8. A penny for your thoughts

Your own representation

Hopefully the emoji activity inspired you, because now you have to come up with your own means of representation. It could be an alphabet you’ve created, it could be drawings or other symbols, but write out a pseudo-alphabet and some example phrases. Trade alphabets with others, and try to communicate the above phrases. What were some communication issues you found?