Posts Tagged ‘ imperfect ’

023: Updating/Word Definitions

Hi there, sorry for lacks of posting. After handed, presented, and received comments from proposal, I’ve been giving myself a bit of time to relax and research more on my project. I’ve also found some more interesting artists and I’ll post about them next posts.

Anyway, I was suggested to look at definition of words and they might help me to narrow my ideas down a bit. So I’d just joint them down here and keep updating them when I find more.


Imperfect :


1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses:imperfect vision.
2. not perfect; lacking completeness: imperfect knowledge.


  1. Not perfect.
  2. Grammar Of or being the tense of a verb that shows, usually in the past, an action or a condition as incomplete, continuous, or coincident with another action.





1. a breaking down, wearing out, or sudden loss of ability to function efficiently, as of a machine.
2. a loss of mental or physical health; collapse. Comparenervous breakdown.
3. an analysis or classification of something; division into parts, categories, processes, etc.



    1. The act or process of failing to function or continue.
    2. The condition resulting from this: a breakdown in communication.


  2. Electricity The abrupt failure of an insulator or insulating medium to restrict the flow of current.
  3. A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
  4. An analysis, an outline, or a summary consisting of itemized data or essentials.
  5. Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
  6. A noisy, energetic American country dance.




1. failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.

intr.v.   mal·func·tionedmal·func·tion·ingmal·func·tions

  1. To fail to function.
  2. To function improperly.


  1. Failure to function.
  2. Faulty or abnormal functioning.



–verb (used with object), verb (used without object), -lat⋅ed,-lat⋅ing.

to translate incorrectly.


Glitch (*this is the technique I want to focus on):


  1. A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations.
  2. A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.
  3. Astronomy A sudden change in the period of rotation of a neutron star.


    Word History: Although glitch seems a word that people would always have found useful, it is first recorded in English in 1962 in the writing of John Glenn: “Another term we adopted to describe some of our problems was ‘glitch.’ “ Glenn then gives the technical sense of the word the astronauts had adopted: “Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current.” It is easy to see why the astronauts, who were engaged in a highly technical endeavor, might have generalized a term from electronics to cover other technical problems. Since then glitch has passed beyond technical use and now covers a wide variety of malfunctions and mishaps.


    Computing Dictionary

    /glich/ [German “glitschen” to slip, via Yiddish “glitshen”, to slide or skid] 1. (Electronics) When the inputs of a circuit change, and the outputs change to some random value for some very brief time before they settle down to the correct value. If another circuit inspects the output at just the wrong time, reading the random value, the results can be very wrong and very hard to debug (a glitch is one of many causes of electronic heisenbugs).
    2. A sudden interruption in electric service, sanity, continuity, or program function. Sometimes recoverable. An interruption in electric service is specifically called a “power glitch” (or power hit), of grave concern because it usually crashes all the computers. See also gritch.
    2. [Stanford] To scroll a display screen, especially several lines at a time. WAITS terminals used to do this in order to avoid continuous scrolling, which is distracting to the eye.
    4. Obsolete. Same as magic cookie.
    [The Jargon File]





020: Wabi-Sabi : Imperfect, Impermanent, and Incomplete

Finally! (after 19 posts…)

I’ve found my main point of my project. Remember I’ve been talking about doing something about typography under the idea of ‘imperfection’ and I’ve been thinking really hard until my head is nearly exploded about what it is I want to focus on/ base on.

So I end up reading about the Japanese world view ‘Wabi-Sabi’. It is described as a beauty of ‘imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete’ (according to Leonard Koren, from his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers). Wabi-Sabi is based on a concept of understandings and desires of imperfection in nature by Japanese.

The word ‘Wabi’ means the worship of imperfection, out of trend, outcast. To avoid being socialized, being alone, and having simple life closes to nature.

The word ‘Sabi’ means lonesomeness, loneliness, emptiness, nothingness, still, and calm.

In the world that everyone turns to technology and conveniences. We all seem like everything around us is heading toward perfection. Advertisement presents excessively information and human wants to win nature with all those technologies. Which this affects how people live because they are influenced.

But Wabi-Sabi focuses on leaning toward naturalistic. To understand the imperfect nature instead of winning it. And it also relates to Buddhism in term of ‘nothing is permanent’. Wabi-Sabi is opposed to modern thoughts. Therefore it is the way of thinking that helps to slow down the way people live nowadays, make them stop and think about their own aesthetics.


So, I want to apply this idea on typography through digital medium. I would like to see if types can speak louder (in term of communication) and explore how types could represent this simple aesthetic to audiences through their imperfect forms. How audiences perceive the message and emotive responses on visual presentation (typographic installation). I choose not to use voices because each person perceives things differently and I want to leave time and space for the audiences to think and re-think about the idea. I know typography is listed as a beauty form of type but this project is not gonna be styles of types that are presented, but the message behind deconstructed/imperfect types deliver the aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi.