How one artist brought her vision to life using Excel spreadsheets

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Landscape architect by day, Microsoft Excel artist by night. Australia native Emma Stevens isn’t your average artist. She uses spreadsheets to create skyline imagery out of text.


Inspired by the Melbourne skyline, Stevens began to create her artwork in a spreadsheet by building an image of the city with words through a spreadsheet app. She added an image of the Melbourne skyline to the background of a spreadsheet, typed the word “Melbourne” in the cell rows, and divided the columns to define each building. Using column breaks and letter shading, Stevens gave each building depth. From a distance, the image looks like the Melbourne skyline, but up close it becomes clear that the name of the city makes up the structure of the entire image.




Learn more about it in the Microsoft 365 blog.