PixPuz is a duel modular system using TicTac-like candy for pixels
It can be used as a picture palette to create pixel art and if multiple palettes are put together you can create larger and more detailed images
It can also be used as a game board to play various peg and puzzle games
The PixPuz Palette has 16 horizontal spaces and 16 vertical spaces for a total of 256 placeholders
Multiple PixPuz Palettes can be quickly attached together through powerful magnets on each of their edges
Pixel ArtInstructions on how to create various images would be included with each of the boards
One of the main images I utilized from my extensive research into all-things-dots was an aboriginal "dot painting" that I felt would connect to a lot of iconic imagery without looking like clip-art
I filtered the dot-painting in Photoshop to express the essential form in a grid pattern which was then divided into 9 different colored pixels
Seen below is the image divided into 128 x 128 pixels (64 palettes) which will measure about 4 feet across when complete and have 16,384 individual pieces
I derived the color pallet from 9 TicTac colors, as seen below along with what is contained in a single small sample package
Column 4 on Row 2 detail
And the final expression of the image looks like this:
The other mode of Pix Puz is the puzzle mode. Each board comes with several different types of games
One of them is the Rectangle Game, where the player must figure out how to fit different sized rectangles onto the game board. The Key (a printed sheet you put over the palette) shows how many "pixels" are in each type of rectangle. The Green 4 means that there are 4 green pixels touching which make up the rectangle; even numbered colors have two possible shapes: the line and the rectangle. For example the dark green rectangle can have 4 pixels in a long row or a 2 by 2 square.
On top is the game and below is the solution
Another game is a peg game where the player sets up the pieces in a particular shape and then tries to eliminate the pieces by having them leap over each other—obviously when a piece is eliminated it is eaten...
PackagingThe TicTac-shaped container is large enough to fit 300 candy pieces inside
I created the images completely in Photoshop only using shapes and shading. The logo, which was originally an Illustrator vector file, was brought in and dimensionalized in Photoshop
The container "clicks" open to reveal the dispenser hole
The packaging for the dispenser used a transparent wrap-around sticker showing the TicTacs falling out...
Poster SeriesI created a series of posters which would entice the viewer with iconic and ambiguous imagery