Snapchat is designed to be ephemeral — that's why it purposefully destroys your messages seconds after they're received. Recently, however, some users have been saving their snaps and circulating them on the web. Why? Because they're masterpieces.
It may seem ironic that an app originally conceived of for sexting is now inspiring intricate paintings and social commentary, but the idea of using constraints to boost creativity is not new. "The more art is controlled, limited, worked over, the more it is free," composer Igor Stravinsky wrote in his book about writing music. The same goes for app art, apparently.