This month’s Pixel Addict Magazine includes a special feature on the preservation of computing and technology, including (amongst many other things) an interview with a certain tele(text) addict.
It’s been a while since my last one, so I’ve had the chance to remember cool “new” teletext-related stuff! For the very first time in print, I explain my (recently recovered) submissions to the Mega-Zine, and how I wasn’t even the first teletext artist in my family.
Craig Oldham at WePresent has written an article on the Internet’s role in the development of teletext art post-analogue switchoff.
Included is a gallery of artwork by myself and Steve Horsley, as well as some of my comments on how teletext art is a useful introduction to graphic design concepts. I suppose I just have to go and learn those concepts now, eh?
Read it! Goujon John shall continue staring at you until you do so.
Can’t be swayed by his piercing gaze? Then perhaps you’ll be interested in this little run-down of events at the first Text Fest in Cambridge earlier this month. It’s more of an extended diary entry than a review, but that didn’t stop us all reading (watching?) Bridget Jones’ effort.
Disclaimer: the article linked below contains zero references to Bridget Jones. (Whoopee.)
Ever wanted to know about those messages I send to my mistress via teletext? Or how on earth you can get away with printing lime green text on a magenta background? Or what the pixel artists of teletext’s heyday are doing now?
If you answered ‘no’ to all those questions, bear in mind I only typed that first paragraph for the purposes of shameless clickbait. I mean, hey – even the BBC are up to it now, so why shouldn’t I join in?
And anyway, weren’t all teletext headlines juicy, well-formatted clickbait of the 70s?
Whoever said teletext was a peculiarly British thing? Certainly not the enthusiastic fans I spoke to at Block Party Berlin earlier this month.
Alright, I’ll admit it was I that suggested the medium is only ‘understood’ by people here in the UK. But I was wrong, for Europe has an even greater appetite, were that even possible, for Videotext.
For proof, see my Block Party article at Transdiffusion. I promise it isn’t too long! And if you did indeed want a lengthier read… you can, er, go through it twice… I guess.