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have all been designed as responses to website visitors that for some reason or another click on a hyperlink that is no longer active or whose target has been removed.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:

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

  • An animated GIF was created to serve as centerpiece:

    Centerpiece for the Glitch as Design portrait

  • 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:

    Animated GIF that served as background for the Glitch as Design portrait

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”?
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