ASCII Art Kickin’ it Old Skool

ASCII art is the technique of generating images and text using only those characters found in the ASCII character set.  For those of you with a bit more wisdom in your years (yes, I mean “older”) generating graphics and logos with ASCII was cool, posh, and time consuming.

It appears however that the art is not dead.  In this great age of the internet there exists not just mention of ASCII art in Wikipedia as a footnote to a bygone era, but an actual site that will generate art for real.  In your browser.  Nothing to download.  In an impossible number of variations and styles.

Simple

ASCII - Banner3

Of course generating an image is a matter of taste, style and skill.  But for generating text or banners, this software will do it for you easily.  The hard part is deciding which “font” actually looks best.

Bold

ASCII - ANSI Shadow

Ornate

ASCII - Flower Power

Clean

ASCII - Big

So what’s it good for?  What was it ever good for?  It’s neat.  It can give your programming little artistic flair, personalize it.  So go check it out.  You can find the app here:

Text to ASCII Art Generator

There are literally hundreds of options to choose from. What’s your favorite?

Thanks to Mike Levin and his Pipulate project for the inspiration to search this out and use it in my own Raspberry Pi projects.

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