"People might come for the nostalgia, but they stay for the fun and accessibility". Dan Farrimond on the enduring allure of teletext art

Teletext art is seeing something of a resurgence at the moment, despite many broadcasters having stopped their teletext services. The BBC's Ceefax ceased way back in October 2012, and RTÉ's Aertel has become the latest service to go in October 2023. But the genre of teletext art remains very much alive. It offers surprisingly versatility despite its limitations and it's relatively easy to get started since it doesn't require any particularly advanced digital arts software.

One of the dedicated creatives continuing to breath new life into the genre is the multimedia artist Dan Farrimond, also known as Illarterate. With that retro McDonald's ad triggering a renewed interest in the medium, I caught up with him to learn why he thinks teletext is one of the purest forms of digital art, and why it's not just about nostalgia.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.