Brothers Paul and Mark Jenkins of Triple Double started their Masterclass with Sheffield Hallam University by talking about their educational route into design and their work for brands, including the BBC and Nike. Having talked a little about the history of emojis, Paul and Mark got the group playing “word tennis”, “batting” associated words between themselves to inspire ideas for emojis about feelings and current affairs.
After producing eight rough ideas and sketches, the young people spent time analysing and refining them, working on a small grid so that the images could be duplicated at different sizes. After lunch, a quick warm-up exercise involved acting out emojis, before everyone worked on their final designs, either by hand or on computer, helped by Paul and Mark. It was an interesting, thought-provoking and engaging day that the Club members thoroughly enjoyed.