Mindhue Studio

Printmaking, conceptual and installation art


Pixel Signatures

Text rendered on a computer is based on encoding the series of alphanumeric characters in a specific order of binary digits. The original encoding for digitized text data was Morse Code; in the 50s, ASCII became the standard for computers in the United States. More recently, UTF-8 and UTF-16 encoding has enabled a myriad of alphabets and character systems to be encoded.

Each letter could then be depicted as a specific series of black and white tiles. For example, the letter “T”, encoded in ASCII as 10101000, would be depicted as black-white-black-white-black-white-white-white. Thus, my name, Louis Theodore Ollier, could be depicted as these three symbols:


Or as this linear bitmap:


With the spaces depicted by the 0100000 interstitial character. This particular image was intriguing to me as not only a representation of data, but also as a shape that could be interpreted as a signature. A purely graphic representation of my signature as I would normally write it, rendered in the same dataspace, would look like this:


So what would be the inverse of that process, in which I attempted to write by digital signature with a pen or brush? The three results are shown in this gallery here: