Post-its Note Art: 8-bit Edition

I <3 Geek Art!

Geek Art is Art where science, technology, or video games were the primary source of inspiration (please do not quote me on that definition). Anyone who was at the MoMA, and saw Design and the Elastic Mind, knows that Geek Art is slowly penetrating the mass and evolving in the most creative ways.

Coming back to the subject of this post – post-its Note Art fits right in the Geek Art category. There is a lot of images floating out there on this subject matter. One emerging trend, I noticed recently, involves the use of iconic video games characters from the 8-bit and Atari days.

See Megaman’s creation step per step here

The connexion between Pixel Art and post-its Art should be made. Both genre use different mediums, but both use the common unit “the pixel”. Through ordered association of the pixels, the subject matter is revealed. Similar to many of you, I grew up in an analogue era, where video games were not anti-aliased or rendered but pixelated.

Post-its Art impacts the audience through the subject matter and the scale of the work. These art piece takes a lot of time, patience and post-its to produce. In the case of the Donkey Kong piece, engineering students over at the University of California Santa Cruz took time out of their busy academic life to create a larger-than-life work, where each pixel is matched by a Post-it Note.

The Donkey Kong installation took the team of ten people about five hours to complete, and used over 6,400 colored Post-it Notes (although they had to buy over 14,000 of the little sticky buggers to get all the colors they needed.)

This underground art trend was eventually picked up by marketing agencies in their own efforts to capitalize on such unique and powerful artform. For Instance, Nintendo marketing agency used post-its to create giant versions of Nintendo’s All Stars classic gaming iconic characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, etc.

Each individual post-its could be removed by passersby, revealing a small advertisement for the Wii’s virtual console. (coutesy of technabob.com)

I am only touching some basics here in regard to post-its Geek Art, I am sure there is a lot more to be said. If you like this piece, you should check out one of our earlier post on post-its Art.

43 thoughts on “Post-its Note Art: 8-bit Edition”

  1. 0134Amagync says:

    And I lack these words to provoke things right. But it’s because wrongs that make the words come to life. Who does he judge he is? If that’s the worst you got, more intelligent cause your fingers subvene to the keys

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  6. Just hotels says:

    To be honest, this is the first time I encountered post-it art, but I am loving it at first sight! I grew up playing games on my commodore 64 thus post-it 8 bit art brings some great memories… ah Donkey Kong! I normally have a few dozens of post-it on my desk and around it, plus since I moved to mac I tend to use up my dashboard space with more yellow ( actually, they’re blue ) notes. I guess it’s time for me to get creative with arrangements:] Thanks for sharing – great inspiration to clean up my desk!

  7. Mark says:

    That is sooooo good, i love it, i want them all in frames on my wall!!

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  14. Cathy @ 3 at 1 Copying says:

    Don’t you just love post its, Its amazing what one can do with them I love those art works.

  15. Mark says:

    I absolutely love this I cant beleive that someone would take the time to do this. I want to to do this at work too, but i dont have enough time.

    Mark
    DraperHandTools.co.uk

  16. jack says:

    can someone help me with the contact information of some guy who does it professionaly

  17. Ben says:

    Still Freaks… But great Freaks :)

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  26. hari001 says:

    Hi,

    These are nice picture which is shown on the above topic. I really appreciate them.

    Jimmy

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  33. Chucklyn says:

    Biggest fans of this concept:
    Post-It / 3M

    Biggest opponents to this concept:
    Office managers!

    …love it, love it! And the 8-bit theme is not only perfect, but also effing spectacular!

  34. Marinka says:

    Can’t wait to get to the office!

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  37. Oza Meilleur says:

    I LOVE IT!

    I have to come up with great ideas.
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  38. roblogger says:

    coll stuff man.

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  45. Chris says:

    Thanks! This is great food for thought, if I ever end up back in an office job. :)

  46. antique says:

    the donkey kong game covering 4 whole floors is the best. can’t believe the engineering students pulled that off.

  47. Ben Callis says:

    Wow they really do look good from a distance away. I love the mario one. Although I am sure the take a while to make. Save it for a rainyday I guess.

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  54. Videogame Funny says:

    I can’t grow tired of these pixelated work of art… there’s a few more of the “post-it” kind on this site (along with a lot of other nice pics video-game inspired) : http://www.pause-button.com

  55. Office Supplies Blog says:

    I *heart* the Megaman one too. Many Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.

  56. Tayo says:

    I think the MagaMan one is the best

  57. Levitra says:

    The donkey kong throwing the barrels is very cool.

  58. Anti-Prime says:

    LOL thats awesome i might do that in my bedroom window just so the squirrels can enjoy it…. :D

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  61. bbrian017 says:

    This is awesome! I would never had thought about creating designs like this with post its!

    How bored does someone have to be?

  62. Wayne says:

    That’s a great idea! I think I’ll do one in my office!

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