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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. :)
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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