about

A collection of text graphics like ASCII and PETSCII and its distant relatives, maintained by Goto80 (infoමgoto80●com). Feel free to donate to support the project.

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text-mode.tumblr.com was launched in February 2012 by Raquel Meyers and Goto80 in order to gather quality text graphics in one place. We selected our favourites from archives such as asciiarena, sixteencolors, utf8art and ANSIart and started to explore what were less noticed formats at the time, such as PETSCII, teletext and sharpscii.

Gradually we expanded the techno-centric gaze to include related works with pottery, architecture and mosaics. You can read a critique of the technocentric idea of text graphics in this paper.

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This site was launched in March 2014 (as t3xtm0.de) to gather all 2000+ posts from Tumblr in a searchable and organized archive. We also appeared on Twitter. There were daily posts (or even more frequent) until October 2015 when things got more sporadic.

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In 2023, old posts are reblogged daily at Twitter and Tumblr. New content is posted on this site. As of June 2023 the site has 3,700 posts and there are some 20,000 followers according to Tumblr and Twitter.

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