This is a list of small, free, or experimental tools that might be useful in building your game / website / interactive project. Although I’ve included ‘standards’, this list has a focus on artful tools and toys that are as fun to use as they are functional.
The goal of this list is to enable making entirely outside of closed production ecosystems or walled software gardens.
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A Pixel Art Editor. Self hosted. Single page app. Draw old-school pixel art by hand in your web browser, save the images locally. Can assemble frames into an animated gif. Can even import an image file and turn it into an approximate pixel art image. Can be installed as a progressive web app but good luck getting those to work.
ART is a Python lib for text converting to ASCII art. Turn regular old text into rendered ASCII art with a single function. Also generates textmoji from names (
aprint("butterfly")). Random art (
randart()) is also possible. You can also specify the font used and how it's decorated (if you want). Can even be used as a CLI tool.
Olipy is a Python library for artistic text generation. Unlike most software packages, which have a single, unifying purpose. Olipy is more like a set of art supplies. Each module is designed to help you achieve a different aesthetic effect. Different kinds of text generators and corruptors. Generates and riffs on prerecorded dialogs. Generate different kinds of names and titles.
We use an algorithm inspired by the human brain. It uses the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another. Get your own artwork in just three steps.
A webapp and desktop vector drawing application that uses a grid of dots as a backdrop for sketching. Connect the dots and it makes the lines for you. Designed with logos and sprites in mind. Saves PNG and SVG files. Cross platform.
A collection of text art and photographs with an 8-bit aesthetic.
50 awesome and totally free futuristic fonts you can use to design. Many of these work best when set at larger sizes, but we’ve also included a few that are more versatile and lend themselves to parts of a design other than headlines or quotes. Free to download and use.
Takes in a GIF, short video, or a query to the Tenor GIF API and converts it to animated ASCII art. Animation and color support are performed using ANSI escape sequences.
A library that renders graphics as ASCII art.
The homepage of Grant Morrison.
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