A message from Richard Terrell (@KirbyKid)...


I love pixel art. They’re the sharpest bits on the other side of my computer screen. They never fade nor collect dust. They stack effortlessly in a way that reminds me of the kind of hands on math exercises I did in elementary school; where every lego like counting block could be snapped together one by one to create these larger, more meaningful constructs. Shift one pixel by the smallest degree, and my sprite avatar is ruined. Shift it yet again and he comes to life. In terms of knowing the absolute limit of hitboxes and other gaming elements, nothing is quite as clean as the two dimensional pixel.


Pixel art is great for games and indie devs, but it’s not so great for websites. I had originally thought about using a lot of pixel art on this site. But for those who haven’t played Starseed Pilgrim, for those who haven’t grown up in the age of pixel graphics, or for those who simply don’t like pixel art and want to take advantage of their wide screen, high resolution computer monitors, covering the site with pixel art wouldn’t work well.


So the solution is a kind of bridge that fuses high resolution photography with pixel art to highlight the strengths of both. The bright colored pixel images stand out from the photographs with their crisp edges and bright colors. The photograph carry a level of weight, imperfection, and grit; the resolution and realism of which make the composition more relatable, almost inviting the viewer to touch the familiar.