Call for Artists:

Contribute to Yono, a collaborative pixel-art project

POSTED BY: Ed Stastny | Mon Oct 1st, 2012 12:13 p.m.

Enjoy working within constraints? How does 64x64 pixels, 16 colors, and drawing to fit seamlessly in a gap between two other images sound?

I'm currently running a collaborative pixel-art project called Yono on my site, Until October 11th, artists are welcome to add pieces to this ever-growing, branching, expanding, collapsing, interactive, and unique structure.

The basic mechanism for the collaboration is that articipants split an existing piece in half, either horizontally or vertically, to insert their own image. This process repeats unbounded, creating a characteristic branching structure that can be expanded/collapsed to navigate. Some call it "fractal-like", I just call it "explorational".

This is a not-for-profit endeavor, with the images and interactive exhibit remaining on SITO indefinitely. Note though that images submitted will become part of the protoype Yono navigator, which is being referenced in a fund-raising campaign ( for the project on KickStarter. If the funding goal is reached, we will be able to automate the entire process of Yono, rather than doing it all manually (via email, editing data files, SFTPing images).

If you have a passion for collaborative art, pixel-art, or interactive art, please take a moment to investigate Yono and consider contributing to the prototype project.

To participate, you may use any pixel art editor that exports GIF or PNG files. Our canvases are 64x64 pixels. Palettes are 16 colors (12 of which must be from the "parent" image).

To contribute, contact me at to receive an assignment.