Pixels are everywhere right now – it’s as though nostalgia is always a winner, because there is always something new to reference that seems comparatively old. It’s probably only a matter of time before crappy looking phone photos become the new retro.
Joo JaeBum’s blog is full of 8 bit pixel art, but these Lichtenstein and Warhol remakes are my favourites. It seems appropriate that these iconic pop art pieces have been made over to reflect the ubiquity of the internet in our age of popular culture, where memes and Youtube videos reign supreme among the mainstream.
The popular magazine covers above have been transformed to evoke the Web 1.0 aesthetic by Berliner Pixel.
Graphic designer David Marsh has used Pantone swatches to form iconic album covers. Some of them are quite hard to figure out at first, like those magic eye pictures. You can see the rest of the collection here.
Phil Jones’ pixelated images are a play on censorship and reference common slang words like “pussy” and “cock”, pixelating the innocent versions of these homonyms, just like their ruder counterparts are often censored using the same fragmented coloured squares. Incidentally, I’d already featured some of his work that he’d done for Carmichael Collective – the miniature funerals for bugs.
Fashionary have made pixelated versions of models wearing classic outfits by different designers such as Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton and Viktor & Rolf. More detailed versions over at the Fashionary blog, here.