73-year old Excel(s) at making spreadsheet artwork, is way cooler than your grandpa

Tatsuo Horiuchi

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A 73-year-old Japanese artist named Tatsuo Horiuchi has a different opinion of Microsoft Excel than most. Where others see it as a way of keeping tabs on the budget, Horiuchi sees it as a medium for art.

Over the last ten years, Horiuchi has used Excel's AutoShapes feature to painstakingly reproduce traditional Japanese-styled paintings. If you're wondering why he picked this normally utilitarian program as his tool of choice, it's apparently because regular graphic programs are way too costly. And because, you know, Microsoft Excel was already there.

Whatever works, I guess?

[Tatsuo Horiuchi via Design Taxi and Incredible Things]

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