Here’s my challenge to you - can you do any better? What’s the smallest filesize you can find for a viewable image?
The Netpbm project comes with a bunch of file formats I often reach for when I want to generate images without a lot of code or external dependencies. They have binary and ASCII versions, here’s how to generate a plain text, 1×1 white image using the monochrome pbm format:
If you copy and paste that into your favorite text editor and save it as
white-pixel.pbm you should get a file that weighs 8 bytes. Here’s what that looks like on my machine: