ASCII art and its precursors
Alexis Madrigal explores the history of typewritten images, from their present nadir in YouTube comments to Illustrated Phonographic World's 1893 efforts to prove the value of the medium.
Text art pictures created with basic keyboard characters in fixed width fonts. http://asciiartist.com
Curated by Laura Brown
A very long time ago--back before there were high-resolution color monitors and digital cameras--computer geeks amused themselves by arranging text on the computer screen into rudimentary, two-color pictures known as ASCII art. Until recently, I had assumed that ASCII art was extinct, but I was wrong--just like the slew of Web sites you can use to create silly and unusual special effects with your photos, there are sites you can use to easily transform your favorite photos into ASCII images. It's fun--let's give it a shot.
ASCII art is not extinct and it isn't about using image software either.