This is not an assignment

First post into #ds106, more of a test post than anything.

There is so much I want to do in this course I do not even know where or how to start. Art. Digital Art. Digital Storytelling. Next level. I’m feeling kinda cocky going in because most of this technology  does not intimidate me. I have been doing this stuff for years. Many, many years, and I have witnessed along with you all, the transformation of the tools, the software, the webs, how we use them in our daily lives, and how they are used to create art.  I haven’t been too impressed to be honest. In fact, its all starting to scare me a little bit!

But lets start by going back, waaay back. I’d like to examine my own history with art, with storytelling, with being digital. Growing up with analogue technologies, I find I still always fall back on them and their old, crusty analogue ways. I want to resist this. I’m going to try to be a digital story teller whatever the hell that is supposed to be. I’ve had experiments in the past, many half starts. This is my opportunity to follow through on some them.

May I present one of my earliest animated .gifs. circa 2003, the animated colour cube. This little gem was created using photoshop, and an as yet un-calculated number of hours, ‘painting’ the pixels one at a time. There was liberal use of “copy & paste” of course, and the “Hue/Saturation” filter . For some reason I was fascinated by pixel art at the time. It satisfies none of the criteria for the animated .gif assignment in this course, but I really can just sit here and watch it for minutes at a time.

My research on this project is evident in the collection of links I kept and had bookmarked on delicious under the tag, pixel.  I’m not sure the latest update on that service but it seems like a good time to host this list myself, even though half the links are probably broke. — Net Data Space vs. Every Day Life — Aram Bartholl
Random Screen is a mechanical thermodynamic screen that the user can’t control and that functions without any electricity. Conventional tea candles illuminate and generate the changes on the 4×4 pixel screen.
Mini Pixel Icons
These mini icons are designed at 14×14px with transparent background. They are specially designed for header or side navigation buttons. Feel free to use these icons for your site (personal or commerical). However, if you are using more than 10 different
Lots of dots
Dots can help you grasp big numbers.
::guimp pacman:: world’s smallest pacman game
Derek Yu – Pixel Tutorial
The Pixel Tutorial
Blue Ball Machine
::guimp:: world’s smallest website
1 pixel pacman and more!
The Man in Blue > Experiments > Pixelfest collaborative artwork
16891 pixelators have added to Pixelfest.
Pixel Art at – Forum Avatars, Buddy Icons
Pixel Joint is a community dedicated to the pixel art style
Habbo Hotel – Home Page
storTroopers – make yourself!
stortroopers was originally introduced in 2000 as a commercial product by stor entertainment, a company (not currently trading) that Alice co-owns. There’s been a free version running on netgoth since that time, & the trooper images find their way into so
pixelfreak > info > tutorial
Diesel Sweeties
t h e q u i l t i n g b e e
Miniml fonts
Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art
Robot Frog
pixel museum
Susan Kare
Motion Theory
Move your feet
New Venue
Power FM
Top Icons
Pixture studio
Kao-ani~~ (^-^)
Mr. Wong The Pixel Grower
Flip Flop Flyin’
Habbo Hotel
Golden shower
Pixel People
Netbaby, Fun!
Mobiles Disco
Pixelporn demo

3 Replies to “This is not an assignment”

  1. Draggin,

    I couldn’t agree with you more in terms of the being scared of the digital, and I too share your reservations. That said, I love that you approach the digital as if it were the analog—the “hand colored” pixels for this animated GIF is brilliant, what’s more it is mesmerizing—I too can;t stop looking at it. What’s more, the fact you saved all the resources is sick—I love that.

    Lastly, the assignments for ds106 are pretty much what every you want them to be, and I encourage you submit your own here: Don’t feel beholden to anyone assignment, make your own, and make it analog 🙂


  2. I remember your pixel art phase so fondly – I wish I could have found the right project to tap that for my own ends. Maybe someday?

    BTW, we visited Burns Bog today for the first time, it’s an interesting place — good on ya for doing that work!

  3. Thanks for the comments fellas! I will definitely keep digging through my old pixel art files to see if there is anything that may be useful today.

    Pixel art has never gone away and keeps remerging in bizarre and new ways.

    I always thought the smaller, mobile devices would be the answer… but they just keep making the resolution on those better! >8)

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