Mainly letters made of 'pixels' or elements of various shapes, sizes, and materials, captured in the wild – meaning outside of computer screens.
Found and collected here by Nina Stössinger, type & pixel aficionada.
Crochet Type Specimen. From: Specimens of Printing Types, Plain and Ornamental, Borders, Cuts, Rules, Dashes, &c. from the Foundry of L. Johnson & Co. (1857). Photo by Nick Sherman (Flickr source)
Crochet Type Specimen. From: Specimens of Printing Types, Plain and Ornamental, Borders, Cuts, Rules, Dashes, &c. from the Foundry of L. Johnson & Co. (1857). Photo by Nick Sherman (Flickr source)

Crochet Type Specimen. From: Specimens of Printing Types, Plain and Ornamental, Borders, Cuts, Rules, Dashes, &c. from the Foundry of L. Johnson & Co. (1857). Photo by Nick Sherman (Flickr source)

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Found in Copenhagen (Denmark) by art by beads.

fuckyeahneedlework:

lastwordfreak:

Thanks to the amazingly talented Joe for creating this tissue box for me in the needlework exchange. He combined all of my favourite things: Tina Belcher, Japan, The Regular Show, Steve Martin and Princess Mononoke. Sorry for the lateness Joe - the past few months have been crazy! Thanks again dude -  I absolutely adore it :)

Oh, wow - that’s awesome!

Football-inspired soda case bitmap at a supermarket in LA. Photo by Hrant Papazian (Flickr source)
Football-inspired soda case bitmap at a supermarket in LA. Photo by Hrant Papazian (Flickr source)

Football-inspired soda case bitmap at a supermarket in LA. Photo by Hrant Papazian (Flickr source)

Whitecross Street Market, brick lettering in London. Photo by Toshi Omagari (Instagram source)
Whitecross Street Market, brick lettering in London. Photo by Toshi Omagari (Instagram source)

Whitecross Street Market, brick lettering in London. Photo by Toshi Omagari (Instagram source)

Reversed-contrast woodchip-pixel lettering, a fantastic find by David Jonathan Ross (Twitter source)
Reversed-contrast woodchip-pixel lettering, a fantastic find by David Jonathan Ross (Twitter source)

Reversed-contrast woodchip-pixel lettering, a fantastic find by David Jonathan Ross (Twitter source)

stewf:

Stigmatypie: 19th-Century Dot Matrix Printing

Tonight I found an odd bitmappy portrait of Gutenburg (top) in a fold-out spread of Harpel’s Typograph, a type specimen from 1870. “What is a stigmatypie?”, I wondered. Some cursory research reveals it was a pioneering, but seldom used, technique for producing halftone images with very small type. It was developed around 1867 by Carl Fasol of Vienna.

Stigmatypie is described in the American Encyclopaedia of Printing (1871):

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Pictures made with tiny periods of metal type! Not only was this a Victorian precursor to dot matrix printing, but also (in a way) ASCII art.

Read more from John McVey and Peter Fasol (Dutch), who is the source of the other images above, from Carl Fasol’s Album der Buchdruckerkunst.

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The Future Starts Now - a 20x30 meter ASCII by Rikki Kasso, 2010. Placed on the Mejiro Kindergarten in Tokyo. The ASCII art was based on a photograph, infused with numbers and phrases about learning in English and Japanese. Rikki:

As I thought more into it, it became clear that this text in digital form also known as a “font” was also a brand new language that children will grow up with as an automatic second written language. A “Neo-Neanderthal” age where symbols and icons are used to reform communication.

Sort of like was argued here. More here and here.

stitchedtodeath:

Fresh from England: 15 hanks of crewel wool for my next project.

Nice colorful circus lettering!