Qubik Design, 2009. Glitch: Designing Imperfection. [electronic print] Available at: <http://www.qubik.com/images/p5.jpg> [Accessed 16th December 2011].

Christopher Murphy, Iman Moradi and Ant Scott.

Released in 2009 by Qubik studio, designed alongside Fehler, ‘Glitch: Designing Imperfection’ attempts to exploit the inherent beauty in deficiency.1

Aptly named, the book focuses on the glitches experienced in daily life throughout the digital world, celebrating the imperfections available when developing a system designed free from human error. The opening preface briefly describes the glitch as a “spurge of electronic current”, here responsible for over 200 prints.

Glitch begins with an introduction via question and answer sessions with Kim Cascone, O.K Parking and Angela Lorenz among others to reveal the artists intentions, experiences and opinions regarding glitches as a visual artform before providing stunning contributions including those from Cory Arcangel, David Lu, Karl Klomp and Marius Watz.

The work itself includes captured images of scrambled tv signals, html errors, system crashes and other digital convulsions. Whether accidental or provoked these glitches provide pleasing aesthetic outcomes to those willing accept them as visual art. Murphy, Moradi and Scott have successfully converted the screen based glitch to print, and by utilising a variety of arrangements retain interest, from full page prints to thumbnails for comparison.

Some will not find admiration within the abstract digital prints, failing to appreciate them as art forms and will not want to commend the efforts of artists to capture or create them. Irregardless of ones standpoint on the technological glitch as art, it remains of interest that an accidental malfunction can be manipulated by the human intention to create it.

Anon, 2009. Images from Glitch: Designing Imperfection. [electronic prints] Available at: <http://www.coolhunting.com/design/glitch-designin.php&gt; [Accessed 17th December 2011].


1. Qubik, 2009. Glitch: Designing Imperfection. [online] Available at: <http://www.qubik.com/portfolio.php?id=5> [Accessed 17th December 2011].