Game Art from Long Ago

gameart gameart1Original link – http://www.krysalyn.com/ascii.html

Large collection of ASCII art. Still waiting for the dragon section to finish loading! (My original note when I found this in 2004).

There is  big collection but it’s not available without using the Wayback Machine now. I had contributed some of my own art here and it is still there. (Tends to happen on sites that wander off into never never land). Too bad. But, change is good too, sometimes.

International Highway Sign Makeover

How would you design a traffic/ road sign? All the elements of sign design you never thought of, come into play when you really start planning a better road sign.

The idea isn’t new. I’ve saved screen captures from the Wayback Machine from the older site (below). Glad to see someone else has taken up the idea and kept it going on another site. I’m linking there first so people can see what’s new and contribute ideas of their own.

I used to send possible highway route signs to the owner of The Great International Highway makeover website, Mr. R. V. Droz, a while back. Well I found out recently that his email link at his website is inoperable. Rats. I hope it’ll work well in the future.

Source: International Highway Makeover 2

From the old site, by Robert V. Droz.

Highway route markers have gotten boring over time. In the 1940’s, there were many varied shapes and colors. Many governments opted for the MUTCD default (circles) or plain blank squares. The justification for those sparse designs is that they provide for increased number visibility and easy recognition. True enough, but nothing says you can’t design a useful sign that’s graphically attractive. Linked below are many examples of potential re-designs.

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highwaymakeover2

highwaymakeover3

highwaymakeovercan

highwaymakeoverab

highwaymakeovernorth

highwaymakeoveront

highwaymakeoverpq

highwaymakeoversk

highwaysignmakeover

CeeJay's Taxi

Found on the Wayback Machine these days, originally CeeJay Central.

This was my very first ascii with a story line. It’s titled “TAXI!” and is about a guy who can’t get a cab.

This ascii contain some extended-ascii characters so it’s not pure ascii-art. But please remember that i had only been ascii’ing for 2 hours when i did it and was still very much a newbie.

To fully understand it you need to know that most textdisplay can only show 80 characters on one line – Try opening a dosprompt and see for yourself.

taxiascii