In 1999, we made history by forever changing the way we communicate with the creation of Emojis. And today, we chose to celebrate the mark of 1 million followers on our LinkedIn account NTT DATA Europe and LATAM, using this universal language, we demonstrate our feelings by expressing them in the best way, with them, the 😁💙🎉🦾.

Yiying Lu, is an award-winning artist who endeavors to unify the duality of art & technology, business & culture, beauty 🦚 and meaning, and work 🥟 and life. We invited her to design an emoji celebrating our 1 million followers. Yiying Lu has presented us at NTT DATA and our followers, with four beautiful designs based on world-renowned paintings, which you can download for free at the bottom of the page.

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Yiying Lu

Born and raised in Shanghai, educated in Sydney, and London, and currently based in San Francisco, Yiying Lu is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, educator, and TEDx speaker.

She was named one of the “Fast Company Most Creative People in Business”, Microsoft's “Top 10 Leader in Innovation”, and a “Shorty Awards” winner in Design. Yiying has created iconic artworks seen by billions of people, including the Twitter Fail Whale, the Chinese Paper-cut Style Mickey Mouse for the Disney Shanghai opening, and some of the most used emojis, such as the dumpling 🥟, boba tea🧋, takeout box 🥡, fortune cookie 🥠, chopsticks 🥢 and peacock 🦚. 

She runs a San Francisco-based innovation studio with big corporate clients, and she was a Global Creative Director at venture firm 500 Global, where she built brands for hundreds of startups. Her work has been featured in prestigious journals such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC.

Her name “Yiying” means “Happy & Creative” in Chinese, and she wishes to bring more happiness and creativity to the world. 

To learn more about the artist's work, click here