9000 Post-It Notes Mulral Art Inspired Me

How many times do we see amazing things happen somewhere around the world, and all too fleetingly think to ourselves “oh wow, I would love to do that myself”? I do that all the time. I wish I had a dollar for every time I thought it and didn’t follow through.

But unlike the usual net zero result of such thought, when I read about Ben Brucker ( aka “bruck7” on Reddit ) who works for a creative agency had taken it upon himself to convert drab plain walls with Post-It Note “murals” of super hero’s with some 9,000 of those crazy little squares of colour and sticky glue, I decided I’d actually try it in some way.

First let me introduce you to the genius behind this mind blowing uber cool concept, world meet Mr Ben Brucker:

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Before I go on, I’d like to note that in my humble opinion, Ben deserves either a pay raise or at least a healthy bonus this month, firstly because this is pure genius, and secondly because his idea just went viral in the biggest way, and even if you don’t understand viral marketing models, you don’t need a degree in rocket science to understand that a single mention of whatever the agency name is will produce millions of dollars in brand placement!

Although it’s being said that he used 9,000 Post-It Notes to produce this amazing creation, it turns out it was actually 8,024 post-it notes in the end, with plenty of spares for when a gust of wind or staff member brushing against a wall eventually causes the inevitable havoc.

Apparently the company is moving to a new office soon so this entire “installation” is a temporary thing so a few “dead pixels” probably won’t cause any undue sleep loss bearing in mind they are all coming down at some point anyway.

Here’s the original post on Reddit by “bruck7“:

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This was posted on Imgur:

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The blog post on Sunny Skyz where I came across the the full story:

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I showed my kids the before and after and instantly we were taken with the idea of a) doing one ourselves at home and b) finding a smart simple way to do the design bit before committing to a wholesale purchase of Post-It Notes and hours of trial & error.

Here’s the “before” and “after” effect, I can’t wait to do my own version now – just looking at these gets me excited by the prospect of converting a dead dull wall into a “hall of fame” for low resolution pixel super hero’s!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Here’s a few examples of the “super hero” themed characters Ben came up with ( he apparently did the initial designs and mock-ups using Photoshop, including virtual “overlays” on the walls, as in superimposing the images on a photo of the office walls before committing to a single Post-It Note on the walls ).

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Super Man and Wonder Woman are pretty easy to see, but the one on the right took me a few seconds to see it’s Spider Man handing upside down on his infamous “thread” – when you see these in full size they are much easier to pick out, which is probably the whole point of the pixelated design with such a fun “medium” ( aka Post-It Notes ).

To give you some idea of what they look like in full scale, here’s a “work in progress” style shot with folk who had apparently donated their time over a weekend to help build this crazy fun work of art – you can see just how insanely neat they are when full size humans are placed in front of them!

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With an Easter long weekend and some time to kill, and being a tad too lazy to jump in the car and dash up to the nearest stationary store to stock up on said Post-It Notes with a wholesale procurement, I pondered the simplest way to do this with my kids, who despite their technical skills, don’t really enjoy the overhead of Photoshop, Gimp or Pixelmator.

So I came up with a really simple to use tool for low resolution “pixel art” that we could collaborate with, you guessed it, a cloud based spreadsheet, with an A-Z 26 “pixel” x-axis ( rows ), and the default 1,000 “cell” y-axis ( columns ). I’ve included a link to this blank template at the end of this blog post so you can use it.

Here’s what I came up with ( the blank “template” ) as a starting point, as I like reusable “code” as it were:

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I’m sure you can work out that creating the mock up versions is a simple process of selecting the relevant square you want to “colour in”, and using the “fill” tool ( the picture of the paint bucket being tipped out ).

The “fill” tool is the little “diamond” shaped paint pot icon ( my son calls it a diamond ) right under the end of the word “ago” in the text in the top right corner of the “menu” screen shot below saying “Last edit was 7 hours ago”, when you click on it you get a pop-up menu with the colour “fill” options that looks like this:

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You just click on your box ( aka “cell” ) of choice, select the “fill” menu icon, choose your colour and click on it, simple.

For those who know me, a natural first effort had to the the Linux mascot “tux“. I started with a medium sized version, and used an online tool to “pixilate” it to use as a guide ( you can see from the watermark on the pixelated version I used “photofunny” ):

                        

Here’s my first effort, a little rushed, I was juggling my creativity while showing my 11 year old son Jake 2.0 how do to it as well ( oh lame excuse but hey I’m running with it as the horror of my lack of creativity haunts me daily ):

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I’m going to try a few more over the next couple of days to short list a couple of designs to use for my home office, and hopefully a space on a wall at my “day job” office.

Here’s a quick creation my done Jake 2.0 came up with, it’s his version of a Minecraft “creeper” / “zombie”.

First we got the template, did the old “make copy”, renamed it, then found an image and kept it in a browser window on the side so he could work from it ( the Minecraft artwork is already made up of “blocks” so it was a perfect mix of his passion and my ideal starting point for low res block pixel “Post-It Note” art ):

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This is first quick creation, lots of fun was had creating it, and some ninja like cloud tools skills developed in the process, making computing fun, it’s my motto! ( yea a bit rushed in the end, apparently his interest waned a lot faster than mine did * chortle * ).

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I’d love to see what you can come up with in your space time, so here is a link to my basic Google Sheet’s “template”, open it and then “make a copy” to your own cloud drive, and rename it, and see what sort of genius design you can create for fun.

I’m posting these on my Twitter wall, I’d love you to do the same and tag your tweets with the hashtag “#PostitNoteArt” so we can all keep track of the designs everyone tweets about over time.

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Here’s the link to the template => Post-It Note Art – TEMPLATE

Grab your own copy, share it and share it far and wide please, I’d love nothing more than to see this get a life of it’s own out on the big old internet!

Can’t wait to see what you can come up with! Get busy, get creative, and if you have them, include your kids!

Cheers, Dez.

Dez Blanchfield

Dez Blanchfield is a strategic leader in business & digital transformation, with three decades of global experience in Business and the Information Technology & Telecommunications industry, developing strategy and implementing business initiatives. He works with key industry sectors such as Federal & State Government, Defence, Banking & Finance, Airports & Aviation, Health, Transport, Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities, Mobile Digital Media and Advertising, and Cyber Security. His focus is driving outcomes for organisations by leveraging Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, Machine Intelligence, Internet of Things, DevOps Integration, Automation & Orchestration, App Containerisation & Micro Services, Webscale Infrastructure, and High Performance Computing. Be sure to follow Dez on LinkedIn ( http://linkedin.com/in/dezblanchfield ) and Twitter ( http://twitter.com/dez_blanchfield ).

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