The Smithsonian American Art Museum unveils "The Art of Video Games" on March 16, a retrospective that explores the pastime as an agent for technological change and artistic growth. From the post-arcade age to today, we revisit some of the games—and their artful contributions—that will be highlighted.
How many pixels does it take to make a Sarah Palin? For illustrator Andy Rash, only a few dozen. For the last few years, Rash has been creating "iotacons," a person's (or fictional character's) likeness condensed into a kind of 8-bit portrait. The results, a caricature by way of Nintendo, are both startlingly accurate and highly entertaining.
Can you guess these 2012 presidential candidates? Answers in small type at the bottom of the page.
Geeky designers (and the folks who write about them!) love Legos, and Sam Cox and Justin LaRosa are no exception. Under their Physical Fiction aegis, these two graphic designers have put Lego to yet another wonderfully off-label use by constructing a working letterpress printer out of the bricks. By clicking smooth Lego tiles into place on plastic baseboards and inking the plates, they create handmade prints with an 8-bit aesthetic.