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Help eBoy build a fantastical pixel poster of San Francisco. Will feature landmarks, many hidden details, dense fog, vehicles, fish.
Help eBoy build a fantastical pixel poster of San Francisco. Will feature landmarks, many hidden details, dense fog, vehicles, fish.
Help eBoy build a fantastical pixel poster of San Francisco. Will feature landmarks, many hidden details, dense fog, vehicles, fish.
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San Francisco Pixel Poster

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It’s been more than 10 years since we started to work on pixelized cities (Pixoramas) at eBoy. We created Berlin, London, Tokyo, Rio and other cities. Today, some regard our Pixoramas as landmarks of pixel art.

A San Francisco Pixorama pixel poster has been on our to-do list for years. San Francisco, as a historic city and as the most influential hub of technology in the world, has to be part of our Pixorama series. Our pixel posters can take a lot of time though – it’s easy to spend 1000+ hours on one city. And we want to do it right.

Now is the time, help us build a pixel Pixorama of San Francisco. Cool rewards await our backers!

Hello San Francisco!
Hello San Francisco!

San Francisco has tons of things we might include. The Golden Gate Bridge, Portero Hill, Mission District, Embarcadero, Sutro Tower, Coit Tower, the 49ers, the Transamerica Pyramid, the homeless, a Mercedes, fog, the gay community, the tech industry, business people, sailors, taxis, the pine trees, dogs, birds, boats and fish. And for sure we’ll discover cool new stuff while we work.

1189 x 841 pixels – ready for San Francisco
1189 x 841 pixels – ready for San Francisco

That said, our Pixoramas are free interpretations of cities – and not literal translations. We use reality to get inspired and as a starting point – anything can happen. Landmarks might appear completely out of place – or outright incorrect. Aliens, monsters or robots might roam the streets. Unspecified graphic objects might garnish the sky. The fun is combining reality and fiction. It will be San Francisco, in a wonderful sci-fi parallel pixel universe.

Working on SF people
Working on SF people
You can be part of it: choose the "Custom Pixel Avatar" pledge
You can be part of it: choose the "Custom Pixel Avatar" pledge
Small selection of buildings (beta)
Small selection of buildings (beta)

Your Support

Your support will enable all 3 of us to fully focus on the project. We will have 4 months to do extensive research and build the massive amount of parts necessary to create the city. The way we work with pixels takes time. Every single object has to be built pixel by pixel, click by click. It's a very slow process. And then, when we are finished, we will have the poster printed and shipped to our backers.

Research

Researching via the Internet works fine – we do it all the time – and there are plenty of good rescources. Additionally, all three of us have been to San Francisco – so we have an impression of the city.

On the other side, there’s nothing like doing research on location – in person. If this project manages to raise more than $36,000, we will try to travel to San Francisco and spend about a week taking pictures and collecting ideas. We could meet, have a frozen yoghurt on Valencia. Maybe you have a good spot you want to show us.

Printing

The poster will be produced in size DIN A0. That’s 1189 × 841 mm or 46.8 × 33.1 inches. We have chosen Affichen Paper Blue Back, also known as poster paper. Weight is 115 g/m². These are the same specs as with most of our other posters.

Shipping August

If all 3 of us work full-time, and most parts have to be new, a Pixorama will take 2-3 months minimum. So if this project is funded, we are committed to stay within a 4 month time-frame. That includes research. And it means we’ll be printing this summer – and shipping a San Francisco Pixorama poster in August.

Posters are rolled, wrapped and shipped in tubes
Posters are rolled, wrapped and shipped in tubes

Posters will be rolled and safely shipped in sturdy cardboard tubes. “Patron” backers will get their framed and signed posters in the original shipping boxes from Halbe. And Digital Wallpapers Downloads are easy, you’ll get a link. :)

"Art Patron" backers get San Francisco signed and in a beautiful Halbe frame
"Art Patron" backers get San Francisco signed and in a beautiful Halbe frame

The poster will go for sale 2 weeks after all backers have been supplied. The regular price is projected to be US$32. There will be updates, small amends and re-issues over the coming years.

This is the Tokyo Pixorama from 2007
This is the Tokyo Pixorama from 2007
Paris, Rio, Berlin and London
Paris, Rio, Berlin and London
The NYC Pixorama poster from 2006 – framed
The NYC Pixorama poster from 2006 – framed
The eBoy Studio in Berlin
The eBoy Studio in Berlin
The eBoy Studio in Vancouver
The eBoy Studio in Vancouver

eBoy is an art group founded in 1997 and is currently based in Vancouver (Canada) and Berlin. Members are Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital.

Dubbed as the "Godfathers of Pixel", eBoy has been a reference for pixel art for many years. We have created famous Pixoramas of cities like New York, Berlin, Rio and Tokyo. eBoy has been featured on BoingBoing, The Verge, and many many more. You might also know us for our collaborations with fashion designer Paul Smith, or the Peecol toy series collaboration with Kidrobot.

Rio Pixorama at our studio wall (self-published in 2011)
Rio Pixorama at our studio wall (self-published in 2011)

See also

■ Existing Pixorama posters ⤴
■ Our website eBoy.com

Risks and challenges

Having created more that 10 cities we don't think there are major risks. But sometimes we're not happy with the vibe of a Pixorama we are working on. In that case expect up to 1 additional month of work on amendments.

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    Pledge CA$ 6 or more About $5

    MOBILE WALLPAPER Transamerica
    ▒ Limited edition digital wallpaper for mobile devices will feature the pixelized Transamerica Pyramid.
    ☆ sizes for iPhone 4, 5 and 6
    ☆ sizes 720x1280, 1080x1920

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    MOBILE WALLPAPER Sutro Tower
    ▒ Limited edition digital wallpaper for mobile devices will feature the pixelized Sutro Tower.
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    DESKTOP WALLPAPER
    ▒ Get the San Francisco Pixorama digital wallpaper for your desktop screen.
    ☆ sizes 1280x800, 1280x1024
    ☆ sizes 1366x768, 1920x1080
    ☆ sizes Retina: 2560x1600, 2880x1800
    ☆ includes the mobile wallpaper

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    MIGHTY WALLET
    ▒ Limited Kickstarter edition Mighty Wallet® by Dynomighty featuring the San Francisco Pixorama. Made from Tyvek®. These wallets resist tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibres spun in random patterns, giving them incredible strength.
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    PRINTED POSTER (early bird)
    ▒ Help us get started and be among the first to get the printed San Fransisco poster. As a thankyou, we'll add our famous 2013 BazQux poster for free.
    ☆ includes all digital wallpapers
    ☆ includes eBoy’s famous BazQux poster
    ☆ includes 2 SF stickers

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    PRINTED POSTER
    ▒ Get the eBoy Pixorama poster of San Fransisco.
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    iPHONE 6 CASE
    ▒ Limited Kickstarter Edition iPhone 6 Case by Nuvango® featuring the San Francisco Pixorama.
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    ☆ includes matching wallpaper
    ☆ includes the digital desktop wallpaper

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    POSTER & WALLET COMBO
    ▒ Get both: the San Francisco eBoy Pixorama poster and the limited edition Mighty Wallet® by Dynomighty.

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    PRINTED POSTER & T-SHIRT
    ▒ The San Francisco eBoy Pixorama poster and a limited edition T-shirt featuring the pixelized Transamerica Pyramid.
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    POSTER & iPHONE 6 CASE COMBO
    ▒ Get both: the San Francisco eBoy Pixorama poster and the Limited Kickstarter Edition iPhone 6 Case by Nuvango®.
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    6x POSTERS PACKAGE
    ▒ The San Francisco Pixorama poster, but 6 of them. You could cover most of your room with 6 posters. Maybe you have a big family, or lots of friends.
    ☆ includes 12 SF stickers
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    SIGNED POSTER
    ▒ The San Francisco Pixorama poster, signed by all three eBoy members.
    ☆ additional unsigned poster
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    CUSTOM PIXEL AVATAR
    ▒ Be part of the San Francisco Pixorama. We'll create an pixel avatar of yourself or any person of your choosing.
    ☆ digital files of your avatar
    ☆ includes printed poster
    ☆ includes all digital wallpapers
    ☆ includes 2 SF stickers

    Conditions apply: Pending our approval. We will need reference photos from you. The placement will be chosen by eBoy. Appearance on the first print edition and wallpaper.

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    CUSTOM PIXEL VEHICLE
    ▒ A pixelized version of your car or other vehicle of your choosing will be part of the San Francisco Pixorama poster. And we'll have you drive your car, or place you next to it.
    ☆ any car-sized vehicle of your choosing
    ☆ printed poster
    ☆ digital files
    ☆ includes all digital wallpapers
    ☆ includes 2 SF stickers

    Conditions apply: Pending our approval. We will need reference photos from you. The placement will be chosen by eBoy. Appearance on the first print edition and wallpaper.

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    ART PATRON
    ▒ You love San Francisco, Pixel Art, and you want to support the work at eBoy. You'll get a limited edition San Francisco Pixorama printed on the finest quality paper with the latest museum quality inks. We'll also have your print framed in our favourite frames from German maker Halbe Rahmen.
    ☆ fine art ink print on museum quality paper
    ☆ frame by Halbe, Wood 10, Glass I, Oak
    ☆ personally signed by eBoy
    ☆ DIN A0 size, same as the regular poster
    ☆ includes “Sutro Tower” T-shirt
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    ☆ includes 2 SF stickers

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    TRAVEL TALK PACKAGE
    ▒ Have us visit your event of choice. Well give a video backed presentation about our work on San Francisco and other famous eBoy projects. We’ll talk about how we research, create and distribute our work. How everything began in 1996, and how things have evolved since then. Looking forward to meet you!
    ☆ poster signing hour for your guests
    ☆ includes the “6x Posters Package”

    Conditions apply: Pending our approval. Travel and accommodation costs are not included and have to be paid separately by the backer. You will also need to supply the necessary presentation location and equipment (PA, video-beamer, etc).

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