Tag Archives: calligram

QLOCK – a tiny program (321 bytes) by Martin Kleppe that shows the time, while also displaying its own source code. Learn more here and run it here. We featured a similar work by Kleppe 10 years ago.

(This is called a quine, but here it’s also called code calligram)

The source code for the Braintree Payments website in 2014/2015 contained URLs in the shape of ASCII art. The URLs led to ASCII-inspired games, made by Unit9. Video.

More Braintree ASCII-stuff here and here and here.

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

More code calligrams.

A paper that is both a text and an executable program that plays music. Made by Tom 7 in his custom C compiler. More info here.


Code displaying 42 computes Code displaying 42 that outputs Equation outputting 42: http://ift.tt/1dSWdc6

A piece of code shaped like a donut renders a spinning donut in ASCII. Made by Andy Sloane:

via prostheticknowledge (with more explanations and links)

More code calligrams here.

Finished today, this is a program that does the captions for Hackers (1995). Watch the full source as HTML, and get more ascii/code art from Lord Nikon here.

Programs that look good. Some of them are calligrams. From the Temple of Code By Nikon (aka Lord Nikon), 2013/14.

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These graphics are actually text, which is actually code, which when executed shows an animated ASCII torus.

By Lord Nikon/Dekadence, 2014. More code calligrams here.


Hermannn2 by Immanuel Hermann, 2001. Source code for converting text into ASCII stereograms. The source code itself is a stereogram (cross your eyes to get a 3D-effect).