Teletext Art

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All the teletext stuff I could find compiled into one large, but very handy categorised list. Happy telly-texting.

General teletext resources

Section/service specific

  • Super Page 58 is a tribute to Teletext Ltd’s infamous ‘Digitiser’, with over a decade’s worth of Mr Biffo archives.
  • New Mailbox is an archive of the Paramount Comedy Mailbox service that also collects episodes of the teletext soap ‘Park Avenue’.
  • The Vegetable Revolution is effectively a successor to Channel 4’s chaotic ‘Mega Zine’, which could be described as a teletext message board. Up until 2012, the new site reprinted letters from the original teletext service.

Teletext festivals/projects

  • The International Teletext Art Festival has been running since 2012, and has broadcast on services in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland.
  • The 2006 VBI Microtel project was a service broadcast on Dutch teletext for the 35th International Film Festival in Rotterdam. During its all-too-brief lifespan, it exhibited numerous artists’ teletext designs.
  • The Teletext Block Party: teletext art on the road. Has hosted workshops and ‘txt parties’ at Tate Britain, St Helens Library and the Superbyte Festival amongst others.
  • The Museum of Teletext Art showcases prominent pieces of teletext design from 2012 onwards. It has been featured on YLE Text in Finland and ARD Text in Germany.
  • Teletext40 was the world’s first(?) exclusively online teletext service, created to celebrate 40 years of the medium. In its two-year lifespan, it broadcast hundreds of pages created with the accompanying Teletext40 Editor (now known as Edit-TF). Two ‘Pages From Ceefax’ style videos, known as ‘Teletext40 On View’, were produced.
  • Teefax is the pioneering VBIT Pi teletext service, but it can also be viewed in a web browser. Within ten minutes, you too can be running a new teletext service on your old television.

Audio/video

  • The Teletextr Podcast remains the world’s only best teletext radio show. Includes panels from Teletext Fest events and interviews with prominent members of the artisan teletext movement.
  • Here is a series of YouTube playlists for teletext documentaries, presentations and news stories.

Current teletext services

Teletext artists

See here for a more comprehensive list of teletext artist biographies.

  • Dan Farrimond (that’s me) has been exhibited on teletext services across Europe… and the UK.
  • Ian ‘Swirv’ Irving designed for Ceefax and 4-Tel, creating cartoon character 4-Tel The Dog.
  • Steve Horsley is a former employee of Teletext Ltd. who now creates more than just pixel horses.
  • Raquel Meyers works with text mode formats such as PETSCII and teletext.
  • Here is a gallery of pages made in the Edit-TF teletext editor.

Articles on teletext design

Teletext-related blogs

Last updated 1 November 2018.

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