Deconstruction for Glitch as Design
by León De la Rosa Carrillo
- Glitch as Design
- This image was grabbed from here on 10.25.2012:
- It is a collection of creatively designed 404 error messages.
- They have all been designed as responses to website visitors that for some reason or another click on a hyperlink that is no longer active or whose target has been removed.
- They are programmed responses for potential errant, glitchy behavior on the part of website visitors.
- It was glitched by randomly (and increasingly) inserting the phrase [GLITCH_AS_DESIGN] into its alphanumeric values:
- An animated GIF was created to serve as centerpiece:
- A PDF file containing the intervened alphanumeric values of the images above was then converted into image files.
- The alphanumeric values for these images were themselves intervened by substituting specific characters with the word [Design]:
- The resulting images were then mixed in with the original files in order to create an animated GIF that served as the background:
Suggested follow up questions:
- Why must website designers account for errant behavior and incorporate error message within their site designs?
- As a website visitor, how is your experience altered by encountering a creatively designed error message instead of a generic-looking one?
- How do you react to the idea of “designing an error”?