Reality is overrated. The Pixel is Data apps for the iPhone and the Mac belong to Smallab's creative tools series. A series dedicated to expressing ideas and generating art freely, away from canonical representations of reality. Because #KandinskyWasRight.

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for the iPhone

Free, with 12 different parameters, 36 custom presets, it's probably the most un-orthodox photo app on the App Store.

→ App Store

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for the Mac

Optimized for Yosemite, this pro version of the app brings free choice of size ratios and an unlimited number of patterns.

→ Mac App Store

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for the Wall

Something you like? Buy a print to hang on your wall or give your friends the gift of beauty and subtly-subversive art.


Art on the go. #GoMakeArt

Making art with a pocket device is not only about taking a picture with a convenient photo camera, and choosing from a panel of filters to make it look arty before posting on the social networks. It can also be about reflecting on what we're looking at, what's taking place in front of our eyes and what we want to do with it. If we want to do anything with it.

The Pixel is Data app for iPhone is a possibility. A proposition.

Mac special: use your own patterns. #Pro

Got access to Illustrator or similar software? Photoshop? A Microsoft Paint emulator?! That's fine! Launch your favorite drawing software, draw something in plain white and export it as a square-ratio, transparent PNG file. That's it, you've got yourself a proper texture that you'll be able to use within Pixel is Data for Mac as a « custom pattern ».

Understand better with examples? Here are 5 basic pattern files to experiment with.

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Share your art. #pixelisdata #pixelart #glitch #abstract

What good is art if it's not shared or questioned? Well, that's actually an interesting philosophical question… But anyway, via your favorite browser or straight from the free iPhone app, go ahead and share your #art on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Pinterest? Why not!

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Featured in Fast Company's Design section

« Create amazing pixel art with this free iPhone app », says Mark Wilson. Published in 2013, few weeks after the release of the early iPhone app v1.0.

→ Read on Co.Design

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Featured in Arcade Magazine

« This project highlights data’s potential to tell a multitude of stories in the hands of the user, who is given control to find new narratives from within a single data source. »

→ Read online

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Made with Cinder, flavored

Pixel is Data apps are made with the open-source Cinder Framework and only come in flavor.

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