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From Etsy seller Stukenborg. It occurs to me that, besides (the admittedly beautiful) geometric patterns shown here, one could probably work out a way to do monochrome images this way. [via Dude Craft]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • shing

    this is really cool! i’d totally love to see wallpaper that looked like that(for walls, not desktops).

  • jitenshadesu

    after seeing this post i decided to take a stab at it. This is the result i came up with using metapixel, a command line mosaic tool for linux.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4482553536_f5287b43ff_o.png

    • Sean Michael Ragan

      That’s very cool. I did not know about Metapixel. Do you have command line, config, settings, or other info about how you did it so other folks could re-create? If so, I will gladly post. You can e-mail me at sean@makezine.com.

  • jitenshadesu

    sorry for the double post, but i’m new here and don’t see and edit option…

    anywho, you may recognize it as a famous manray photograph. you may also notice that i have chosen both black and white dice rather than one over the other to increase the range of tones.

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  • docphil

    Are there any other programs that can be used to do the dice mosaics? I don’t run linux, so I can’t use metapixel. Thanks

  • ashleyelva

    These prints are monochrome, which just means one color. The one color is red, and the paper happens to be yellow.

  • Sean Michael Ragan

    I was talking about monochrome images, like photographic images. I was saying one could do realistic images where each die was a single pixel, and I was presuming that such images would be “monochrome,” but of course you could do multiple prints on the same substrate with different inks to even do multicolor images.

  • ashleyelva

    Ah. The art student in me was prepared to defend the only black is monochrome idea. I misunderstood.

    • Sean Michael Ragan

      Heh. =] Well, that’s probably more my fault than yours. To paraphrase my favorite Hitchcock movie, “I sometimes choose words for sound, rather than meaning.”

  • Brandon Ferguson

    Actually some people have done exactly that (I can think of another besides this person): http://www.elusivesnark.com/2008/11/carolines-dice-portrait.html

    From the post: The method for producing the final visualization is essentially a special case of vector quantization. First, the original image is downscaled to a six step gray palette. Then each of the six shades of gray are assigned to a dice value: 1 corresponds to black while a value of 6 represents white.

    Pretty sweet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1610096235 Irma Eugenia Alva

    Great!

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