Archive for the ‘Graphics’ Category

The Berlin based Pixel Art trio Steffen, Svend  and Kai of eBoy has released an updated version of the London poster this week, to much of my pleasure.

If you haven’t heard of them before, “eBoy is an art collective founded in 1998 by Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr, build their artwork pixel by pixel. Their work makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons, and their style is presented in three-dimensional isometric illustrations filled with robots, cars, guns and girls. Their unique style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients, such as Coca-Cola, MTV, VH1, Adidas and Honda” – via Mark Frauenfelder

What is more, they’ve also created a poster for Adobe Air as part of their European Tour and Lee Brimelow at Adobe Flash has the rare footage showing a great deal of insight into the artists’ skills and work.

If you’re interested in becoming pixel artist and looking for an inspiration then, PSDTUTS has a great article titled 20+ Inspiring Pixel Artists, Tutorials and Resources.


The culture analysts at Wired posted a great piece about the evolution of emoticons, a simple text expressions that existed long before the World Wide Web itself. I’d never known who exactly invented it, but it turns out that it was Scott Fahlman, an innocent computer scientist at Carnegie-Mellon University, who first proposed using typographical smiley faces to make the collective life at the campus bit more cheery, back in 1982.

But what is more significant Wired says has happened to internet language is that, not only emoticons has become a part of our daily internet communication but it has also become an icon on its own right that it has outgrown the internet and has been capitalised upon in every ways.

While emoticons are still very much thrown into nearly every emails I write (emails often asking people for favours), other keyboard languages has sprung up to shake up the Queen’s English grammer that even proper linguists can’t keep up with it. These languages are  LOL Speaking! and L33t Speaking. The former is a type of language popularised by the LolCat phenomenon and often fetishised by people who thinks their cats are clever or funnier that they are. As for the latter, Leet Speaking has been mysteriously used by die hard gamers and the internet wizards. Leet or l33t language involves using numbers to replace certain letters (mostly vowels) such as A = 4 or E = 3, to create words like d00d, n00b and l4m3r. See the result in the video below.

I just love looking at these new icons of social media in cocktails. The collection is called Cheers: a free set of 12 “social” glasses and it was designed by Helen Gkizi at Webtoolkit4me, and they’re all downloadable. I mean this is a funtastic way of showing your loyalities to your favourite social media tools. I personally like the Yahoo one, Cin Cin!