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this is how my brain works
just a little bit of text

and way too many pictures

design is the relationship

between text and image

  • Writer's picturegabija saveiskyte

deliberately mistakes

...mistakes can often give new ideas and lead to something beautiful you would never think about, but it is so much harder to make those errors consciously and expect the same result as when the flaws appear accidentally...

That is why the glitch art has been on the design trend top list for a few years now. Glitch effect can be applied to any visual material, it’s an (un)intentional and uncontrollable distortion made by a digital crash for aesthetic purposes. There are so many different editing apps (especially on the mobile phones) that can glitch any digital image in a few seconds adjusting and adding these various effects like light burnout, pixelation, noise, colour distortion, blurred textures, double exposure...

But I think that these apps make all the pictures look somehow the same. So, it was very interesting to write my own code using Processing software and create a program that actually corrupts randomly selected data and produces something new and unexpected. Besides, it was nice to remember programming joys again as I was having IT lessons at school.

I absolutely loved creating the cover for the book called “Glitch: Designing Imperfection” by Iman Moradi, Ant Scott, Joe Gilmore and Christopher Murphy. The whole process consisted of mistakes and experiments leading to further mistakes and discoveries.

I really like the book synopsis explaining that...

“The images and text in glitch invite readers to return to them over and over again because they capture the fact that no one can deliberately make a mistake, although mistakes are often the greatest source for inspiration.”

This motivates me not to be afraid of making errors and to dive deeper into unknown ways of creating because in the end all of these aesthetic flaws prove that technologies are still open for creativity, experimentation and self-expression.

A new design wrap-around cover for the republication of “Glitch: Designing Imperfection” by Iman Moradi, Ant Scott, Joe Gilmore, Christopher Murphy


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