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Octothorpe by pseudo-manitou Octothorpe by pseudo-manitou
Before it was a ‘hashtag’ on digital devices...
before it was the ‘pound sign’ on the phone...
it existed on typewriters — it was called the ‘octothorpe’.
...and this is why older generations were cooler than ours.

This poster, made for screen printing, is both an experiment and a gift: experiment with designing images that can still look cool when printed off-register; a gift for local Twin Cities art gallery, The Abstracted. (…
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-06-07
Octothorpe by pseudo-manitou is a creative and unique visualization of the omnipresent octothorpe. With a pinch of humor and history this work should put a smile on your face.  ( Suggested by Moonbeam13 and Featured by pica-ae )
sirifintland Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Daily Deviation... wheeeeeeeeeee -- nice -- been a while since I got one of those :)

This is a good opportunity, then, to plug the screen printing of this piece that I just finished.
The results are on Instagram (name: PseudoManitou).

Have a look and let me know if $30 is too much to pay for a three-color 18x24-inch poster of this critter-mark!
Nyanamo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
Aja22K Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat riff on an old favourite - I'm glad I saw it on DAily Deviations, as it led me to the rest of your gallery... Wowow!  Fantastic art and commentary!
Taschasan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it a 'cross' in (sheet) music as well?
pica-ae Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
It goes by many names, and yes it is also used in sheet music ( I forgot what for now tho :slow: )
It is an old symbol, so every language got its own name for it, or more than one :lol: 
Taschasan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's used to make a note sound lower by half a note. (I hope I could explain it so that it would make sense, if not please seek the explanation somewhere else...)
Silver227 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
In music, the "Octothorpe" (lol) is also called a "Sharp" sign. It is used to denote pitch a "half-step" higher on staff paper; what you were thinking of was a "Flat" sign, which is used to indicate the pitch on paper a "half-step" lower, marked by a lower-case "b".

Source: Just go read any basic music theory lesson, or better yet, go to to see (if you're interested!) how music theory works.
Taschasan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops, I really accidentally switched them! Thank you for the correction, giving out wrong information was really not what I wanted to do here... ^v^'

I should get back to playing an instrument, I mean, look at how rusty I got with music theory... OTL
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