April 2017 – Updated and Revised in Early 2023..

GIFs have been a popular form of visual communication for quite a while now, and with the continued rise of the glitch aesthetic, they’re only getting better and better. (In my opinion of course).. The new GIFs above are generated and applied using various desktop and mobile applications, arranged in a vertical stacking format for this blog post. “Glitch Aesthetic” is all about embracing the imperfections and errors that come with electronic and digital media. It’s about embracing the unexpected, capturing it, replicating it, leveraging it, and creating something unique and visually compelling. And, that’s exactly what these new GIFs above do. “Glitch Aesthetic” might not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for new paths and ways to experiment, add visual interest to your motion and video work, these glitch GIFs may serve as inspiration. They’re perfect for artists, designers, and anyone who wants to add a touch of the unexpected to their work and content. 

Creating Your Own Glitch Aesthetic GIFs

One way to incorporate these aesthetics into your workflow and content is by creating your own. Yes, you can do this by using and cross synthesizing different techniques, applications and software. For example, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects have a variety of tools and effects that can be used to create glitch effects. Those applications are pretty traditional and they both work really well. Additionally, there are various mobile apps such as “Glitch Art Studio” and “Glitch’e” can be used to create glitch effects on your mobile device.

The History and Origins of Glitch Art

Glitch art is a form of digital art that began emerging arguably in the late 1930s, but came more to art world awareness in the 1960s – 1980s, as a reaction to the cold, imperfect world of electronic hardware,  media and technology. It’s all about embracing the unexpected and the myriads of errors that come with digital media. The term “glitch” was originally used to describe a malfunction or error in a system, but it has since been reclaimed by the art-world to refer to the aesthetic created by these malfunctions. Many artists refer to themselves as “glitch-artsts”.

Its time to turn this post into an assignment for my digital storytelling class, more on this soon!