A proposal by a Google Designer reveals how using icons to communicate about food allergies could make life easier for those with food intolerance

Emoji tend to be associated with the more positive things in our lives: shopping, fun sassy expressions, dinners out. But emoji also make it easier to communicate for many people—especially in Asian countries, where complex written characters have had difficulty transitioning to tiny onscreen phone keyboards. And those cute food icons, which have been expanded with the release of Unicode 8 and may appear with iOS 9, have some heavy lifting to do—especially with a proposal, sent to the Unicode Consortium by a Google engineer, that could one day see food allergies represented in emoji form.

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