Pixelated backgrounds for humjam.com

One thing I liked in earlier experiments was the pixelated photographs I used in the background of my prototype questionnaire. I have decided to use these as background images on my humjam website. Each time someone goes to a different page or refreshes there will be a different, random pixelated image. Some of them are rather nice and I’m going to put them here as things in their own right.

Click on an image to get the larger version then click on the right or left hand side of the image to from one to another.

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I realise they’re quite similar to Gerhard Richter’s recent show at the Serpentine gallery but I think there’s something different in my pixel backgrounds. They’re not random for a start. I also would have preferred Richter’s show if he’d just put them all in a massive grid and had an immense sense of scale as well. Once I’d looked at one of the grids I did find myself thinking ‘That was interesting and visually appealing, but I’ve seen it now. Show me something else.’ My pixel backgrounds are derived from photographs and I’ve played with the colour balance and contrast a bit. I wanted most but not all of them to be abstract.

I’m interested by the way that their being derived from photographs gives some of them a naturalism that I couldn’t have created in any other way. The colours complement each other in interesting ways. I found they tended to work less when I made the colours less naturalistic. I’ve made some really bright or oddly coloured anyway for the sake of balance and no doubt I’ll evolve it a little at some point. For now, I like them. I’m looking forward to seeing more of how they work in teh context of the site as a whole. They came out in part as a result of a conversation with Simon. Simon commented in reference to the fact that I was using the open source font Gentium at one point, saying a modern background would complement the serif font well, balancing the look. I’ve since dropped Gentium (I might bring it back) but like the freshness of the pixels. To me, they look modern without being overly cold.

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