Pixel Dog

December 8th, 2008

For some reason I was inspired to go as simple as possible with today’s dog. You young kids may not remember pixelation as a fact of computer life. Your computer still displays and prints images using pixels, the smallest display unit. But modern computers are capable of displaying so many that you get a beautiful high-definition picture. Older machine and video game players had far fewer. Pixels are square, and you could see the blocky colors. The difference in displays over the past 20 to 30 years has been miraculous.

So this dog is built of squares in a 16×16 square grid. I liked it enough to make this my favicon, as well. It only took me 343 days into a 366 day project to do a favicon. What’s a favicon? It’s that little picture that appears next to the URL of a site in your browser’s navigation bar. If you don’t see it, try refreshing your browser. If that doesn’t work, reload the page with a ? at the end, which tricks the browser into reloading it without using any saved information stored on your computer (click here and see if it works for you).

If that doesn’t work (if you don’t see the little green box with the blue dog net to the URL in your browser’s navigation box) and you really care enough, read this: http://help.godaddy.com/topic/269/article/4145

Even without that, you can enjoy my big blown-up version here. And if you leave this on your screen and then get up and walk as far away as you can while you can still see your screen, you’ll see how it works as a tiny piece (go on, we’ll wait).

Categorized as: Drawing

3 Responses to “Pixel Dog”

  1. Elizabeth Neeld Says:

    This is great! Got the favicon on first try–first emptying my cache!

  2. Elizabeth Neeld Says:

    You are so brilliant!

  3. Dog Care Specialist Says:

    These activities are great! I have brought my son to the computer ever since you started doing these and had him guess the dog. He has done surprisingly well! Thanks for sharing your talents, we appreciate the entertainment!