Design co-op eBoy has single-handedly made retro-style pixel art cool – and its isometric, quirky, and detailed work is starting an art wildfire.

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave of a design studio over the past year or so, you can’t help but have noticed the rise and rise of pixel art. Essentially kicking modern Photoshop staples such as transparency and subtle layers into touch, eBoy is the king of 2D, isometric art that is at once both low-tech and accessible. But what makes eBoy tick?
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“We started working with pixels because we loved the idea to make pictures for the screen only,” says eBoy co-founder Steffen Sauerteig who, along with other co-founders Sven Smital and Kai Vermehr, is based in Berlin. “It’s the best way to get really sharp, clean looking results, and it’s nice to have 100 per cent control. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things.”
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Or, as fourth team-member Peter Stemmler, who is based in New York, puts it: “The coziness of abstraction in the iced whirlpool of life.” When you’re interviewing eBoy, abstract responses and left-of-field answers are only to be expected.
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