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Pixelated Mobile Masterpieces

12Pixel App Ushers in New Wave Of Phone Art

— May 8, 2009 — Tech
In the age of touchscreen interfaces, 12Pixel mobile art is taking a step backwards, but also a step forward.

Created by Karl D.D. Willis and Dr. Ivan Poupyrev of the Sony Computer Science Lab, the 12Pixel application allows standard handset users to create multiple images using the keypad of their mobile phones.

The image is “painted” twelve pixels at a time utilizing the phone’s keypad. The application then expands into larger twelve pixel blocks in order to produce more detailed pictures.

Aside from simply drawing pictures, 12Pixel offers the chance to produce the images into crystals for personal accessories. Items such as dog tags, mobile straps, key holders, and even a sticker sheet can be purchased after a simple submission of the design. The custom items are later mailed to the “artist.”

Prices range from around $60 for a dog tag to $360 for a full sticker sheet. 12Pixel is a new outlet of creativity for consumers without requiring new technology.
Trend Themes
1. Touchscreen Backlash - The rise of 12Pixel mobile art reflects a growing trend of people seeking alternative forms of creative expression that deviate from the dominant touchscreen interfaces.
2. Retro-inspired Technology - The popularity of 12Pixel app demonstrates a trend towards embracing retro-inspired technology, as people find charm and novelty in old-school methods of creating art.
3. Customized Personal Accessories - The ability to turn 12Pixel designs into customized crystals for personal accessories highlights a trend in the market for personalized and unique goods.
Industry Implications
1. Mobile Phone Accessories - The 12Pixel app opens up new opportunities for the mobile phone accessories industry, catering to consumers who want to personalize their accessories with unique pixel art.
2. Art and Design - The emergence of 12Pixel art presents opportunities for the art and design industry to explore new forms of creativity and engage with nostalgic elements of technology.
3. E-commerce - The 12Pixel app's option to purchase customized items indicates an opportunity for the e-commerce industry to tap into the market for personalized products and accessories.
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