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pixel-art.ai

Pixel-Art.ai: AI Pixel Art Generator

AI-powered pixel art generator that transforms your visions into pixel-perfect artwork.

kottke.org

The Best Book Cover Designs of 2023

I love a good book cover design. As I wrote last year: The book cover is one of my all-time favorite design objects

greyrainbow.com

Christmas Cards

Since I was a toddler, I’ve made the artwork for my family’s Christmas card.

carbonemike.com

Dynamic Pictograms For Design Systems

Here I discuss how to prepare pictograms for design systems by handling variable brand and skin colors.

medium.com

An updated illustration style for Document Cloud

Untying the trefoil knot icon to create a visual language of continuous motion.

wepresent.wetransfer.com

A Manifesto by Christoph Niemann

Acclaimed illustrator Christoph Niemann shares the 10 rules that guide his drawing practice as part of our Manifesto series.

michalkrasnopolski.com

Minimalist Movie Posters

The designs rigorously adhere to the same mold: a circle overlaid by two diagonals, all inscribed in a square.

transhumans.xyz

Transhumans: Open Source Punk Sci-Fi Art Collection by Pablo Stanley

Transhumans, a collection of black and white illustrations inspired by punk rock, transhumanism, and minimalist Japanese art.

fastcompany.com

Of course the posters for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games are high art

The French bring a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to poster design for the 2024 Olympic Games.

kottke.org

The Illustrated Book of Poultry

The Illustrated Book of Poultry by Lewis Wright was first published in 1870 and revised several times in the following decades.

kottke.org

New Woodblock Prints of Hokusai’s Previously Unpublished “Book of Everything”

A team is carving woodblocks and creating prints from a series of previously unpublished drawings by legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

cloudfour.com

Coding Randomized Zelda Patterns

The new Zelda game uses repeated patterns to build a cohesive world. Let’s write code to generate these patterns.

deepakg.com

Bringing 19th century ornamental tile illustrations into a 21st century web app

The Internet Archive’s 2010 scan of a late 19th century catalogue of colourful granite tiles came to my attention recently.

thisiscolossal.com

Overly Grand Manners

Digital photocollages playfully reimagine the original sitters in Volker Hermes’ ongoing Hidden Portraits series.

amygoodchild.com

Early Computer Art in the 50’s & 60’s

A deep dive on the early days of creative computing coming to life. Punch cards, plotters, light pens and lots more.

medium.com

More than pretty pictures: all-new Teams backgrounds

How psychology, semiotics, and dazzling imagery are converging to improve the future of hybrid work.

hypertalking.com

1-bit Hokusai’s ”The Great Wave”

I started this project for no other reason than I love to get into the ‘flow state’ from this kind of creative endeavour.

david-ambarzumjan.com

Brushstrokes in Time

David Ambarzumjan's amazing paintings and illustrations.

kottke.org

Tiny Illustrated Sci-fi Stories

Over on Twitter, @smllwrlds is publishing a new tiny illustrated sci-fi story every day of 2023.

thisiscolossal.com

Christoph Niemann Interview

Christoph Niemann discusses his practice and process, how he consumes news and culture, and that there is no trick to drawing.