Emojis & Earth Porn

Find the unmoving emoji amongst the beauty of the world.

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#3 Product of the DaySeptember 13, 2014

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Shaan Puri
Shaan Puri@shaanvp · ceo, Monkey Inferno
Modern day Where's Waldo. Sweet!
Zack Shapiro
Zack Shapiro@zackshapiro · Director of Engineering at BUMP (YC W18)
@ShaanVP just what I was thinking
Brock Kenzler
Brock KenzlerMaker@brockkenzler · Design Director at Josephmark
@ShaanVP Exactly, I'm a big fan and still have the books. Only he's called Wally in Australia haha.
Julie DelanoyPro@syswarren · Design at Product Hunt
Awesome. My big question is: how do you have the idea to create something like this?
Brock Kenzler
Brock KenzlerMaker@brockkenzler · Design Director at Josephmark
@syswarren That's a really good question! So I'm not a developer, but I really wanted to make some kind of game by myself. I came up with the idea of using web pages as levels, and the goal of clicking an object to clear the level. To begin with I had cursors flying around, but that got boring and seemed a bit old-fashioned, so I changed them to emojis. Then I needed something in the background. I wanted it to be dynamic so it's different every time. Pulling images from a subreddit seemed like a good idea. Initially I wanted to match the emojis with a relevant subreddit, e.g. the food level would get images from /r/foodporn but that idea didn't work for all the levels and results weren't always great. So I went with /r/earthporn because the images are consistently amazing and high quality. And I love the contrast between a swarm of emojis and the beauty of planet earth.
Jai Mitchell
Jai MitchellHiring@ganticdotco · Product designer
I witnessed this evolution first-hand – @brockkenzler plays it down like it was a series of obvious choices, but this is just one of many evil genius side projects he's come up with recently. Nice work man!
Marc Mezzacca
Marc Mezzacca@mmezzacca · Founder, CouponFollow
I swear they're all moving at first
Brock Kenzler
Brock KenzlerMaker@brockkenzler · Design Director at Josephmark
@mmezzacca Yeah and sometimes you think you've found it, annnd it moved.
Mike Bronfman
Mike Bronfman@mikebronfman · Meta AR COO, Harvard '16
Figured out a cheat: CMD + A highlights all objects in motion, leaving the static emoji un-highlighted.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@mikebronfman CHEATER! (but I respect that)
Brock Kenzler
Brock KenzlerMaker@brockkenzler · Design Director at Josephmark
@mikebronfman Haha that's so much easier than how I do it. I usually do an inspect element and find the pixel coordinates.
Mike Bronfman
Mike Bronfman@mikebronfman · Meta AR COO, Harvard '16
Lachlan Campbell
Lachlan Campbell@lachlanjc · Hack Club design/JS—HS 🎓—they/them—🌈
Hahaha! Just about crashed my computer but I got a kick out of it.
Brock Kenzler
Brock KenzlerMaker@brockkenzler · Design Director at Josephmark
@lachlanjc It does start to get pretty sluggish towards the end. I wonder if a mobile app would have better performance.