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Glitch: Interview with O.K. Parking

Adapted from Glitch: Designing Imperfection (Mark Batty Publisher)
By Iman Moradi, Ant Scott, Joe Gilmore & Christopher Murphy
Dateline: October 23, 2009

Q: Please outline your working ethos and history as a graphic design studio—your experimental glitch research and the commercial side. How did this way of working come about?

During our study at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem (Netherlands), we worked together on several projects. These projects were mostly assignments that we had to make for our study courses. But we also did some early experimental research together in our spare time, in the field of glitch, chance and error. After a while we used these glitch experiments in our graphic design projects. Because we had the artistic freedom we could spend a lot of time to develop our vision and way of working toward implementing glitch in usable, functional graphic design projects. At first, it was in a pure visual aesthetical way, but more and more we became fascinated by the concept of chance and error and how to use this in a conceptual way in graphic design.

O.K. Parking has two faces, one is the commercial graphic design studio; the second is the autonomous, artistic, experimental self-initiated glitch projects side.

When making commercial graphic design projects the client most of the time isn’t very pleased with glitch images. Sometimes it can work out great, but mostly the concept of glitch is more interesting and usable. The result doesn’t have to show the (extreme) visual language of glitch, but it can be made out of glitch-experimenting and concept.

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Well that's 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back!
I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

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I don't know if it's because of the Baileys in my coffee this morning, but that comment made me laugh.

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