How to create a binary to alphabet converter ?

i want to create a small circuit consisting of 256 LED's as output and the input will be of 8 double pole type switches(for 1 byte input) which will serve as the input. all i want to do is that with each unique combination of the 8 switches a specific led will glow which will indicate the character for the binary code that is  given as input..... please help me to do this.....


You need to use logic chips.


Use a micro controller to take the input given and provide the aproprate output.