Luis Arambilet’s ASCII created in 1975 with punched cards 80 columns and IBM 370-115 CPU.

Unreversable by Masters of of Electric City, 2013. 

Atari ST demo in 96 kilobytes with lots of ASCII, but technically not textmode. youtube.

Haestlager i Lund [2011] by Dino

PETSCII-drawings by Ailadi.

Book cover design by Walter Breker, 1960. Unusual style compared to other text graphics at the time, somewhere inbetween typewriter art and typography perhaps.

via design-is-fine:

Walter Breker, cover artwork for the book Reisebericht. Aluminium in der Architektur der USA, 1960. Düsseldorf, Aluminium-Verlag. Via Shuij Fukuda / pinterest 

The mail art of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt.

‘Starlit sky (’A`)’ by asciiart (2010).

Computer Poetry by Silvestre Pestana, consists of three poems. Computer Poetry To: E. Melo e Castro (ZX81, 1981), Computer Poetry To: Henry Chopin (ZX81, 1981), Computer Poetry To: Julian Beck (ZX Spectrum, 1983).

Here is the third one in action, running on a ZX Spectrum emulator, courtesy of oficinastk.

The work was also featured in a more recent exhibition by the artist (techno-form, 2016).

Read more here.

‘The Hair Sucks’ by Jaanus Samma (2012)

_| ̄|○ is 4 bass/ambient songs with reactive PETSCII-visuals – in just 14 kilobytes! Runs on Commodore 64. Check the video here, get the songs at Bandcamp, or download the original file at Antidote, the longest running C64 BBS in the world.

Made by Goto80, 4mat and iLKke.

‘Lactic Way Nanamegiko and Hokyoku6gou’ by asciiart (2010).

aiweirdness: I’ve finally found it: a use for chatGPT that I find genuinely entertaining. I enjoy its ASCII art.

I think chatGPT’s ASCII art is great. And so does chatGPT.

What’s going on here? The chatbots are flailing. Their ASCII art is terrible, and their ratings are based on the way ratings should sound, not based on any capacity to judge the art quality.

Am I entertained? Okay, yes, fine. But it also goes to show how internet-trained chatbots are using common patterns rather than reality. No wonder they’re lousy at playing search engine.

More examples, including from bing chat and google bard, at

Self-portraits rendered in the code used to generate the images, by Eric Furst, 2024 (aka Eric Fischer). More details here.

More code calligrams.

Typewriter art by Frederick Carles, 1895. Forgotten pioneer work found by James Ryan.

【水車小屋(Suisha-goya)】water mill hut by = 。= (2007)

Sneakers Stitch. Delaware, 2005.

Shift-JIS ANSI ftw! These ones made by Percy Shelley.

Facial Recognition by Al Jarnow, 1978. “The stop-motion short Facial Recognition demonstrates image resolution as kids build images of a familiar face with more and more dots.” Jarnows animations were used by PBS and Sesame Street. source

Franklin D. Roosevelt, composed of 17,000 monotype characters and a tinted background in the shape of the head (1935). source