“Glitches” is the third Plot Party prompt designed to inspire letting loose and embracing mistakes, errors, bugs and experimentation in the design and plotting process!
Enough talk, on to some example pen plots!
Line Misalignment: How About DON’T Register the Pens
Normally I would advise checking your pen registration when plotting with multiple pens. Of course, you could always NOT do that to wonderful effect, as in this work by Jeff and Evan of 90 Percent Art.
Mix Different Mediums and See What Happens
Or this unique pen plot “misprint!”
Broken Code: Computer Bugs Are Mistakes Too
Mistakes and errors can happen in code too, and often times the mistake is better than the original idea as happened with this work by Vernon Miller.
Vernon shared that this pen plot was supposed to be a hexagonal grid with varying sizes, but there was a 1 character typo which resulted in this rather expressive work!
Human Intervention: Introduce Error Through Collaboration with the Plotter
Nothing says letting loose like taking a perfectly flat piece of paper, crumpling it, and creating an abstract landscape as in this work by William Wilsey (made for the last Plot Party in July!)
Flat paper is overrated anyway!
Old Pens Die Hard
Have some old pens lying around?! Lots of fun effects can happen when pens are drying out as in this work by Michelle Chandra made for the last Plot Party. Fuzzy antiqued gold never looked so good!
Or swap out fountain pen ink cartridges mid plot to create an accidental gradient.
Plot Party: Glitches Prompt Ideas Recap
- Don’t check your pen registration and introduce line misalignment!
- Plot on a mixed media work and see what happens
- Explore errors and bugs in code
- Intervene during the pen plotting process
- Create a plot with an old pen for fun and unexpected effects
Images in this post were used with permission by 90 Percent Art (@90percentart), Joel Cammarata (@j.cammarata.art), Vernon Miller (@aldernero), William Willsey (@williamwillsey) and Michelle Chandra (@dirtalleydesign).
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About the Author
Michelle Chandra studied art, design and code at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Her work has been featured in many publications including Gizmodo, the Washington Post and Engadget. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @dirtalleydesign.