Dice mosaics

I put together some mosaics of common images using dice faces as tiles. So far they only exist in computerized form, but the hope is to buy some dice wholesale and actually arrange some of these on a board. I’m still experimenting with what kinds of source images make for good output, but for now I’ve stuck to simple black-and-white symbols and line drawings. I’d like to start using more grayscale and complex shapes, but the challenge is keeping the image clear at a resolution low enough that the dice are still discernible and reasonable to arrange. (Some of these contain thousands of dice, which is a bit impractical.)

I’ll make a how-to in a future post, and after that I hope to document the actual construction of one or a few of these. Also, I relied heavily on, and am very thankful for, an excellent free software tool called Metapixel.


  1. Posted 25 January, 2011 at 01:56 | Permalink

    Fine art, Mr. Higgins – and you gotta love the pilcrow!

    This is like a mix between ASCII art and Invader’s rubik-cubism: http://space-invaders.com/ (in case you didn’t know him)

    I can’t wait to see those made of actual dice. Glued to a casino.

    • parker
      Posted 25 January, 2011 at 02:41 | Permalink

      @Jan I do know Space Invader’s rubik-cubism project. At first I thought they were too similar, but then I thought they’re both just mosaics of one form or another. Another similar project, referred to me by my friend Robb, is the Lego Calista by Eric Harshbarger.

  2. Ron Dennis
    Posted 25 January, 2011 at 02:32 | Permalink

    I checked for used casino dice – they are more expensive than new! Then I found the collector sites and the characters who collect. Then the ebay listings. Agh! Then I stepped away from the computer.

    • parker
      Posted 25 January, 2011 at 02:37 | Permalink

      @Ron Don’t know how these stack up, but I’ve been looking at GameParts and Koplow Games. My favorite part about GameParts is they sell in lots of 1k, 3k, or 5k — and then at the bottom, have a note about who to call for volume pricing!

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