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Brief Published: 29 Aug 2014

Anti-Selfie App


A new app released this month has launched a tongue-in-cheek anti-selfie movement.

Photo-editing app Slmmsk lets users create selfies with a dark, glitchy aesthetic. It allows them to distort images or apply grainy CCTV effects and censor bars to render their faces unrecognisable.

The app was created by Vladimir Shreyder, the Russian designer behind Glitché – an app that transforms photos into images that recreate computer distortion, including grid frameworks, digital glitches and lo-fi static.

Shreyder describes the new project as "a weapon of mass destruction" and "dangerous virus" in the fight against boring selfies.

The app suggests a counter-trend to the narcissism often attributed to millennials, but also reflects that demographic's self-awareness and tendency towards knowing self-parody.

For more on Glitché, check out Engineered, part of our Spring/Summer 2015 Colour Spectrum. To find out how digital glitch and lo-fi aesthetics have been influencing design and materials, see Distortion and Digital Chromatics.