Pixel Art History


"Susan Kare, the artist who gave computing human face"

The very first pixel artist is unknown but was a Xerox Corporation employee. THIS image shows the very first true pixel art. After Apple bought the OS to develop the first MacOS, it was Susan Kare who led the creative team that developed the icons we all know today and is credited as the first pixel artist.

An overview is HERE • Her Website is HERE • An Interview is HERE • Wikipedia is HERE • Kare prints, books and gifts are HERE

So now you know!

*Some links and copy added by jalonso since iLLke's original submission was lacking a little back info.*

Posted by iLKke @ 11/23/2011 18:12  |    8


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bem (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 11/29/2011 08:09

I feel her soul ... and also a beautiful woman

Hapiel (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 11/27/2011 16:32

Ehm, I think there were a lot of games made before the first graphical user interface?

Game nr1 Spacewar! has some cool artwork, but I don't know if it is based on a bitmap or on vectors.. But it is from 1961!!!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/27/2011 15:51

The Xerox image was the best I could find when posting this article and was meant to show the pixelling style used byXerox as opposed to the 'first' ever pixelart. No video game was ever made or produced prior to the original usel interface which is where obviously the first pixels would have been created.

*Myth is... the arrow cursor gets the credit :/

baah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 11/27/2011 13:45

The image showing the *first* true pixel art is named xerox-star-interface.jpg. Wikipedia tells us Xerox Star was launched in 1981: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Star. The image shows specs for the xeriox 6085 which was released in 1985... So i really doubt this is reliable!

If we search for videogames (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:20th-century_video_games) we can have some that have graphics and are anterior, for example galaxian (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it0woSmNH4o) in 1979. I have stopped my research then, but there probably are previous pixel arts...

Hapiel (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 11/27/2011 13:44

What am I supposed to see on the xerox star interface?


The overview article was cool.

showtime (Level 6 Made) @ 11/27/2011 09:52

that was a really cool read

Mrmo Tarius (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 11/27/2011 06:52

 "Auto indent" :) :) :)

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 11/26/2011 23:23

 Thanks for sharing that iLKke :D

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