eBoy gives the DMC some pixel power

The new showcase space at Barnsley Digital Media Centre ‘D-Space’ opened a fantastic new show by German design guru collective eBoy on June 30th alongside Creative Barnsley’s first Pecha Kucha night.

The show comprises a series of posters depicting pixelated cityscapes, bringing to life the myriad goings on in a typical urban centre. Cities on show include Berlin, Tokyo and New York. In the manner of a designerish ‘Where’s Wally’ you can spend hours perusing the posters to spot everything from gorillas to semi naked ladies.

eBoy is a German based pixel art group founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. They have been commissioned by the likes of MTV, VH-1, Adidas, Nike, Honda, DaimlerChrysler, Paul Smith, Levis, Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, and many publications including Wired, The New York Times and The Face.

eBoy’s work has been seminal in influencing a generation of creative designers and artists by always remaining on the cutting edge. They manipulate, stretch and twist the limited possibilities of the most basic computer tools to produce works of enormous detail, thought, originality and humor.

The cityscape series of posters is very complex and makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons. “If we don’t work on other projects at the same time it takes about six to eight weeks to finish a very detailed cityscape, three eBoys working on it, nearly full time. But, if we have to do it in our spare time, which happens often, it could take years to finish a picture since we can’t spend so much time on it.”

Their unique style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients. Their latest projects include plastic Peecol toys with Kidrobot, and soon a new line of wooden toys are to be produced under their own label.

The posters are available for sale via www.d-space.co.uk for the bargain price of £40.

There is a lack of places and spaces to see current graphic design (other than on the web, obviously) so it’s great to have a space devoted to design and digital creativity in the centre of Barnsley. Kudos to Culture North and the DMC for making d-space happen.

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