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Hamburger emojis: the cheese goes above the patty

It caused enough of a controversy for Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, to tweet: "Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday:) if folks can agree in the correct way to do this!"

The issue? Google placing the cheese beneath the patty in their hamburger emoji. In a culinary sense (and I don't care what you say about this) the cheese must always go above the patty. But to further reinforce the argument for Google being wrong on this, the author of the article raises some good points by looking at it from a usability angle: which of these emojis are more recognisable from a distance? keeping in mind how small emojis usually are.

It goes to show that modifying tiny details can positively affect usability, even if you have to burn the patty to get there.

Emoji becomes blurry when it’s small and far (and obviously when viewed by bad eyes.) Apple’s emoji still reads as a hamburger under such condition but Google’s emoji just looks like a mix of colors. The yellow cheese and the orange ban merged together. So does the red tomato and the brown patty. It can be fixed by moving up the cheese.

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